Chinese manufacturer reveals adapters that turn the iPhone 7 Lightning port into a 3.5mm jack

Chinese manufacturer reveals adapters that turn the iPhone 7 Lightning port into a 3.5mm jack
Hmm. Maybe there is something to that rumor about the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus both launching without an earphone jack. China's Tama Electric showed off today three adapters that plug into the iPhone 7's Lightning port on one end of the cable, with a 3.5mm earphone jack on the other end. This is exactly what was envisioned when the rumors first hit that the next iPhone would be missing the jack.

One of the three designs showed off by Tama included a model with a USB port, allowing power to be routed through the Lightning connector even with an earphone plugged into the 3.5mm opening on the adapter. Rumors have Apple eliminating the 3.5mm jack on the iPhone 7 so that the phone could be made thinner. Or, it could leave room for a higher capacity battery. In addition, removing the 3.5mm jack could make it easier to produce a water resistant iPhone since that would be one less opening that the liquid could enter through.

The three models displayed by Tama include the TSH03JM (this is the model with the USB port), the TSH02JC and the TSH01JC. So far, there has been no information released about pricing and availability. The company also revealed an earphone that connects straight to the Lightning port.

Now, the question seems to be what Apple will do with the real estate they have to play with the iPhone 7. Will it be used just to make the next version of the iPhone thinner, or will we see a longer lasting battery shoe horned inside the device?

source: MacOtakara (translated)

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1. torr310

Posts: 1707; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

extra gadget needed. bad move by Apple.

15. AnTuTu

Posts: 1622; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

A new revolutionary adapter for $99 only ~Apple.

17. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Hi @torr310 I agree with you its a bad move, This is just a dumb rumor. The iPod is thinner then the iPhone and it still has the jack!!! I hope Apple doesn't plan to go thinner. It's already to thin and slippery. What I do want Apple to do is change the power button location from the side back to the top once again. I don't know how many times I've turned my phone off when adjusting the volume and hitting the power button on accident. Lets take a look at previous story If you remember yesterday PA reveled that Base-level iPhone 7 will reportedly include 32GB of storage but some sources are claiming Apple might offer a top-of-the-line iPhone 7 model with a whopping 256GB memory module under the hood.


Posts: 946; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Comes with a chance to burn your house down too.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I highly doubt that the physical durability of Lightning/Type-C/microUSB can compare to the 3.5mm jack's.

3. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Watch as Apple will charge you $50 dollars for an adapter

23. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

u got it... and watch many idiots buy it too..... it's like getting a car but paying extra to unlock breaking future.... u got the 600 phone but F*** *** if you want to use headphone.... either buy 50 bucks on adapter or 100 Bluetooth, but no worries we will still include headphone that uses 3.5MM jack...

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That looks like one heck of a bulky adapter to replace the 3.5mm jack, which ironically, rumors are implying is being removed to "reduce bulk"/"make thinner"...

7. Unordinary unregistered

Funny. Everyone acted like a bunch of kids when they removed the 30pin and shouted ERMAGAD MONEY MILKERS RAAAAAAA INSERT ANTI APPLE COMMENT HERE. Now after seeing the huge success of the lightning port, the entire industry took long enough to catch up. Many years later, USBC is trying to take off.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Do you ever have early Sony Ericsson W Series ?

10. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Do you ever have early Sony Ericsson W Series ?

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Maybe the problem is Apple always going with a proprietary connector. Apple was in on the development of USB-C, they even have USB-C on their Macs. But because more accessories are sold for mobile devices than are for desktops or laptops, they introduced Lightning for their mobile devices. If not money, why be part of the development for a standardized connector and then make your own proprietary connector?

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Don't confuse those who bought proprietary accessories for "everyone". That was replacing a proprietary connector with another proprietary connector, which came with the benefit of reversibility and it's unique problems: This on the other hand, is replacing a standard connector with a proprietary connector, big difference. One you'll find in a wide variety of manufacturer's devices and can share the same accessories across them, the other, you'll find in a single manufacturer's product and accessories for it would only work on that manufacturer's product. BTW, you don't need USB Type C for the convenience of reversibility, the only one the lightning connector brought to the table:

5. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

hahaaha another way to milk fanboi more, always required something in order to work.

6. cgarcia2694

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

iJack - US$ 99.00 only

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

bulky ugly solution, its not even have DAC.. but, its not like I'm going to buy i7 anyway, why should I care? lol..

16. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

It must have a DAC to work. lightning port is digital and 3.5 mm jack is analog. If there is no DAC, how will it get converted.

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Exactly, that alone will make sound quality much better than on most smartphones, not necessarily in this model because we don't know what's sitting inside but it's just a matter of time when we see Wolfson or Yamaha DACs Practically every dedicated DAC is better than what Qualcomm offers Though overall I hate idea, SQ on iPhones is already great, the only reason they are removing it is for phone to be thinner which is idiotic and doesn't benefit users in any way. It's one more reason to buy recent iPhone, no way I will change my SE for 7

20. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Up next, they will remove the camera just for the sake of make it thinner, and then you need to buy extra "camera adapter" to take photo and video.

22. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Even if you love Apple and are a massive fanboy, you have gotta admit that removing the 3.5mm audio jack for the sake of "thinness" is a pretty nonsensical move. It gives no real tangible advantage to the end user. It rather only increases the consumer's problems with a simple feature that even a 10 dollar phone has.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The Oppo Finder from 2012 is even thinner (6.65mm) than ANY iphone has ever been, yet it still has the standard 3.5mm headphone jack: Thinnovation wouldn't even be a reasonable excuse for this BS move. So far, it's just looking like apple getting extremely desperate to separate whatever fools remain from their cash while they still can, with 0 benefits to the consumer that weren't already possible.

24. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Apple's primary solution to no 3.5mm jack will not be an adapter. This was the other reason Apple bought Beats. Apple will push Beats with a Lightning connector and built in DACs. They will say they have reinvented High Res audio because it will output 48khz 24 bit to their new and "improved" Beats. Apple lovers will eat it up!! Hopefully the one benefit for all will be an appreciation for High Res audio.

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