Brighter screen, lighter build, faster processor, sharper camera and… no headphone jack?
Surely you’ve heard the buzz over Apple’s latest release, the iPhone 7 and 7 plus, which came out this past Friday. The new phones come with many upgrades that most would consider “standard” – better camera, longer battery life, and waterproofing, to name a few. But the most talked about upgrade is anything but standard, and has many wondering if it should be considered an “upgrade” at all—- the removal of the headphone jack.
If you are like many readers, this decision might make you nervous to upgrade your phone. After all, your old headphones will no longer work without using the lightning port adapter (which is included in the iPhone 7 purchase). A set of lightning port-enabled headphones is also included with the iPhone 7, but while using them, you won’t be able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. Many iPhone users have also invested in a plethora of additional devices that use the traditional headphone jack connector (camera upgrades, payment systems and healthcare hardware devices just to name a few). These devices can also function through the lightning port adapter, but only one at a time.
Of course, there is the option of purchasing the new AirPods- bluetooth versions of the traditional Apple headphones- that pretty much look like you cut the cord off your old headphones. The AirPods will be available in October and I can’t wait to hear more user stories about these headphones. Word on the street from beta users is that the sound quality, charge time, and voice detection are all spot on. The pods, however, are very easy to lose and pretty expensive ($159 for a set).
Have any of your purchased the new iPhone 7 or 7 plus? What has been your solution for listening to music? Let us know, and we might just join suit!