You can't charge the iPhone 7 and listen to music, will you be going wireless?


The only major downside with moving to EarPods with a Lightning connector in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus seems to be that you can't really charge the handsets, and plug the headphones at the same time to listen to some tunes. 

Everything else in terms of compatibility is kinda taken care of when Apple included a Lightning-to-3.5mm-port adapter in the new iPhones' box, or else the European Commission would have given them the stinky eye even more. Plus, the new AirPods that will ship next month are cheaper and offer longer battery life than most truly wireless earbud solutions out there, not to mention that you can charge them five times over from the carrying case alone. We like it when Apple feels queasy.

That is why we wanted to ask you whether, if you are used to charging and listening to music at the same time, you are considering going wireless with your audio gear, be it headphones, earbuds, or speakers. There is an ever-growing collection of Bluetooth headsets and speakers out there, and it is only bound to increase after Apple's iPhone 7 announcement, so tell us your plans in the poll below, and shoot your opinion on the matter in the comments.

You can't charge the iPhone 7 and listen to music, will you be going wireless?

Yes
27.42%
No
72.58%

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89 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't see a problem.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The problem is people are stubborn and hate change.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

The problem is people aren't stupid and hate stupid change....like replacing an industry standard with a proprietary piece of garbage.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But people will still buy the phone and now wireless headsets because of brand loyalty.

30. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Those "people" will say the audio is good anyway, it's pointless.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like going from micro USB to type c? Micro SD to SSD memory?

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Do you see lightning port being used elsewhere other than Apple products? Those you mentioned are standard! Period!

34. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

New standard isn't the same as proprietary.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Those aren't proprietary.

79. AlikMalix unregistered

Ted, I don't care what others say, but I want to ask you: Isn't sub-c cables have had issues if used from a different device. That's kinda worse than proprietary - which by nature takes all confusion out of equation. There are many links including PA articles:http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/05/technology/usb-c-cords/

74. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

When did the lightning port become a standard?

89. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

@mxyzptlk how come there's a 3.5 mm headset jack in a COMPACT Samsung Galaxy Note7? It maintained an amazing camera, battery life and water/dust resistance. Where are the innovations Apple's talking about? Their engineers were stupid. iPhone 7 Plus is already a BIG phone yet they don't know how to fit or place its hardware. What a dumb excuse they have. How would they use their new lightning headphones with the MacBook CONVENIENTLY?

28. sgodsell

Posts: 6642; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When Mxyzptlk said he doesn't see a problem. Clearly he loves all things from Apple. No matter what. When Apples Airpods only support a few hours and need to be charged. Also they need a special charging case that also needs to be charged. Not to mention the ridiculous price of Apples Airports. You can already get some wireless ear buds that offer fitness tracking and more. At roughly the same price, or some cases less. Also they work with other devices as well as iPhones. Apples Airpods only work with Apple prompt. If someone is looking for a wireless solution, then I would highly recommend Bluetooth headphones instead. You will get much better and much longer battery life. Some offer 50 hours of battery life.

81. lyndon420

Posts: 6366; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The same can be said with removable batteries. I'm betting Samsung wishes they kept that standard with their latest Note /Edge.

14. maherk

Posts: 6628; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The problem is Apple are greedy and are forcing people to do the switch. We didn't see Samsung or LG take away the 3.5mm headphone jack when they released their wireless headphones years ago. And in case you missed it, battery life will take a hit when listening through your Bluetooth headset, even Apple showed that in their keynote.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're being ignorant. If Samsung did it, you would be on your knees praising it.

32. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No not everyone. As much as I love my note 5 if I was to upgrade next year and Samsung removes the jack I will go to LG . But I really don't see Samsung doing it because they were smart enough to knewww how to make the phone water resistant without removing it and they are not all about how thin they can get the phones.

37. maherk

Posts: 6628; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nah, I ve been very critical of some stuff that Samsung does that I find unacceptable. I am not a blind zombie like you.

75. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL, mxy likes getting owned recently, and it's mildly entertaining.

38. Scott93274

Posts: 6021; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, to be fair, a lot of people felt the same way about Motorola doing the same thing with the Moto Z. I can't say if it's the same people making the same comments because I'm too lazy to check, but I think it's more than just fanboys talking trash. (Speaking exclusively in regards to the omission of the 3.5mm port of course.)

46. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, we wouldn't. Did you see the backlash when Samsung removed the microsd card? That was change that we didn't like. They had to put it back in. I emailed them when they did it to complain. I got back a form letter reply.

50. maherk

Posts: 6628; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Aren't you missing someone today? Lol

17. GreenMan

Posts: 2683; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

There are wireless charging back cases available for iPhones... Luke from Unbox Therapy tested one and it was a love on first sight...! For this old man, anyway! I like the idea, instead of putting your phone on the desk; put it on the... on the a... "charging bay" (Is that what it is called...?) and boom... IT IS CHARGING! It'll also prologue your battery cycles as one ought to keep his battery from 30% to 70% for maximum longitivity... Ever since I watched this video; I've taken a vow that my next phone will have to have wireless charging capabilities, or at least a back panel that supports it...! I mean, Duh, WIRELESS IS THE FUTURE...! W'Day! (Wireless Day!)

25. Macready

Posts: 1792; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

So carrying another box/charger is progress? Needlessly removing choice is too? No, it's a cost saver and revenue increaser, while strengthening the metal grip of their lock in. That's what counts for Apple, margins, margins, margins.. Oh and it's good for the customer! Because Phil Schiller says so. Swallow that pill.

35. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

But not everyone wants to make their phone heavy and bulky.

82. lyndon420

Posts: 6366; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I must admit... I'm loving my TYLT wireless chargers :)

41. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, people like good change. They dislike pointless, inconvenient change for no good reason.

53. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

We will see that when profit stats of apple will be released. You should not worry too much about all the people in the world.

83. lyndon420

Posts: 6366; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Sorry... apple isn't going to release sales numbers for this new phone. Guess we'll just have to see what everyone around us is using a year from now ;)

57. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I won't solely put blame on people. This is an unnecessary change. There is not much this move offers. iPhone already support wireless headphone and headphone via lightning port. This simply limits number of options. Just imagine if this were true wireless charging. I mean true wireless charging with no code or pad where you have to put ur phone. Then people will welcome such change because it offers everything what conventional ways did but brings more.

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