Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar
COMPLICATED NAME, SIMPLE ACCESSORY.
APPLE HAS ALWAYS thought differently, and the arguments over the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack still rage on. We think most people will have forgotten about that clumsy old port before too long, but we accept the difficulties presented by having just one port for charging and audio output.
Up steps Belkin with one 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 3.5cm wide to fit in two Lightning ports side by side horizontally. Something a little less Apple-like might have yielded a more efficient, better-looking design, as it does look pretty odd plugged into your slender iPhone. Functionally, it addresses the charge/play issue well enough, though if it’s a 3.5mm set of headphones you want to plug in, you’ll need the Lightning-to3.5mm adapter plugged in instead. It’s also very Apple-priced at $60.
All in all, it’s not a cheap or particularly attractive option for charging and listening to your iPhone or iPad, but it does what it aims to do.