Charge an iPhone 7 and lis­ten to mu­sic

Lewis Pain­ter ex­plains how to power up your iPhone 7/7 Plus and lis­ten to mu­sic at the same time

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The in­tro­duc­tion of the iPhone 7 had mixed re­views – Ap­ple fans loved the design, espe­cially the new Jet Black fin­ish, and the dual-cam­era setup of the 7 Plus. How­ever, not ev­ery­thing was wel­comed: the de­ci­sion to drop the head­phone jack dis­ap­pointed many. While Ap­ple jus­ti­fied its move by sup­ply­ing a 3.5mm to Light­ning adap­tor with every iPhone 7 as well as pro­vid­ing Light­ning-en­abled EarPods, it left po­ten­tial users ask­ing how they could charge their iPhone and lis­ten to mu­sic at the same time?

While Ap­ple sug­gests us­ing its new iPhone charg­ing dock to lis­ten to mu­sic and charge your iPhone at the same time, it isn’t a great op­tion – espe­cially if you want to use your phone while charg­ing. It’s not the end of the world though, as we at iPad & iPhone User have done our re­search and present you with three dif­fer­ent ways to get around Ap­ple’s Light­ning port is­sue.

Use wire­less head­phones

While the first op­tion is fairly ob­vi­ous, it’s still worth men­tion­ing. The best way to lis­ten to mu­sic and charge your iPhone at the same time? Use wire­less head­phones. As most wire­less head­phones rely on Bluetooth tech­nol­ogy, it frees the Light­ning port up to be used by a charger with­out any worry about shar­ing the port. Sure, this means that you’ll prob­a­bly have to make sure your head­phones are charged up when you want to use them, but de­cent modern Bluetooth-en­abled head­phones can last up to 20 hours per charge.

Of course, Bluetooth head­phones come in a range of shapes, sizes and most im­por­tantly, prices. You can pick up fairly de­cent sound­ing Bluetooth head­phones for cheaper than you may re­alise – take the Jabra Move Wire­less on-ear head­phones for

ex­am­ple. At only £60 at the time of writ­ing, Jabra’s head­phones of­fer de­cent au­dio qual­ity, bat­tery life and com­fort for those that want it. Of course, those want­ing some­thing a lit­tle fancier can opt for some­thing like the £289 Bose QC35s with ac­tive noise can­cel­la­tion, or Ap­ple’s brand new £159 AirPods that are com­ing in Oc­to­ber.

If you’re in the mar­ket for a pair of wire­less head­phones/ear­phones but have no idea where to start, take a look at our se­lec­tion of the best wire­less head­phones on the mar­ket at the mo­ment.

Make your wired head­phones wire­less

Ap­ple of­fers users a 3.5mm to light­ning adap­tor in the iPhone 7 box, but that won’t help users want­ing to charge and lis­ten to mu­sic at the same time. While the ob­vi­ous an­swer is to in­vest in wire­less head­phones, this isn’t al­ways a vi­able op­tion. Whether it’s be­cause you’ve got an ex­pen­sive pair of wired head­phones or that you don’t want to pay over the odds for wire­less head­phones, case and ac­ces­sory maker Grif­fin has re­leased an ac­ces­sory that might solve the prob­lem.

While it’s still a paid op­tion, it’s con­sid­er­ably less than buy­ing wire­less head­phones, and boasts the abil­ity to en­able Bluetooth func­tion­al­ity on any pair of wired ear­phones or head­phones. This comes in the form of the Grif­fin iTrip Clip Bluetooth Head­phone Adap­tor, a £20 ac­ces­sory that al­lows you to plug in your wired head­phones and utilise its built-in Bluetooth 4.1 con­nec­tiv­ity to wire­lessly con­nect to your iPhone. It also fea­tures me­dia con­trols for head­phones with­out them, and also a built-in mic for use with Siri and phone calls.

Light­ning split­ter

Just like the head­phone split­ter used by many to share the fa­bled 3.5mm head­phone jack, Belkin’s Light­ning split­ter, or Light­ning Au­dio + Charge Rock­Star as its of­fi­cially called, of­fers users the abil­ity to plug two Light­ning ca­bles into a sin­gle Light­ning port.

While the adap­tor will set you back a rather costly £34.99, the cable al­lows you to lis­ten to your favourite tunes and charge your iPhone up at the same time with­out any ef­fect on charg­ing time, ap­par­ently. Belkin claims that the 12W passthrough charg­ing will power the iPhone 7 at max­i­mum speed, de­spite shar­ing the port with your head­phones. It shouldn’t af­fect au­dio qual­ity ei­ther, as the ac­ces­sory maker claims that its adap­tor sup­ports “the full ecosys­tem of Light­ning Au­dio Head­phones and sup­ports up to 24-bit 48kHz loss­less out­put”.

Belkin Light­ning Au­dio + Charge Rock­Star

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