Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar
Complicated name, simple accessory
£35 FROM Belkin, belkin.com FEATURES Lightning connector, 2x Lightning ports
Apple has always thought differently, and the arguments over the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack in the new iPhone 7 still rage on. We said in our review (MF306) that it was absolutely the right thing to do and that pretty soon we'll all have forgotten about that clumsy old port, but we accept the difficulties presented by having just one port for charging and audio output.
Up steps Belkin with its simple solution to that conundrum. It looks just like an official Apple cable, which is nice, but it's also a little inelegant by that very design. Lightning ports are tiny, yet this white block is 35mm by 9mm. Something a little less Apple-like might have yielded a betterlooking design, as it does look rather odd plugged into your slender-looking iPhone. Functionally, it addresses the charge/play issue well for now but it's also rather Apple-priced at £35. Still, there aren’t a lot of options at present.