Apple introduced its new flagship iPhones without a headphone jack, and has since explained why they went with this decision. Still, the 3.5mm headphone jack has been around for a very, very long time, and people have headphones that connect to devices with it. This isn’t the first time that Apple has abandoned a feature or piece of technology it has felt was overdue to be replaced, and it certainly won’t be the last.
Still, people’s trepidation moving forward, whether it’s rooted in simply not wanting to give up the headphone jack or not wanting to move to a wireless scenario, is valid. There wasn’t any way for Apple to ween folks off the headphone jack, so a sudden change was the only outcome.
Here we are, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is indeed gone, so people have begun reaching out to Apple executives, including Phil Schiller, to ask a simple question: How can they charge the iPhone 7/7 Plus and listen to music with a wired connection at the same time?
Unsurprisingly, Schiller’s response immediately includes mention of the wireless AirPods, which will connect to the iPhone 7 and play music without any wires connected to the smartphone. In an email, Schiller even notes that the AirPods let him walk around while he’s charging his iPhone, something he prefers.
However, if that’s not an option, Schiller recommends another accessory: The iPhone Lightning Dock. Schiller points out that the dock includes a 3.5mm headphone jack in the back, which a user can plug into and listen to music while the iPhone is charging and connected to the Lightning connector.
For what it’s worth, the Apple Lightning Dock is priced at $49, and it does come in colors that match the iPhone lineup.
Phil Schiller had said it took “courage” to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 when it was first introduced at the launch event on September 7th. “The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us,” he said onstage.