Friday, 9 September 2016

Belkin's $40 adapter for iPhone 7 lets you listen to music while charging

Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not come with the 3.5mm headphone jack, instead the audio is transmitted via the bundled Lightning Earpods. Since the same port is used for connecting both Earpods and charger, you'll not be able to listen to music or charge the iPhone at the same time.

To overcome this problem, Belkin has introduced an adapter called Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, that lets you listen to the music and charge your iPhone 7/7 Plus at the same time.

Belkin's Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter for the iPhone 7/ 7 Plus has a single male Lightning cable w/ connector on one end, and two female lightning connectors on the other. You can connect the regular 3.5mm earphones to Belkin's adapter using Apple's Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter.

The new adapter works with any Lightning device running iOS 10 or later. It supports pass-through charging up to 12W, up to 49 kHz 24-bit audio output, and works with iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and battery packs for charging on the go.

Belkin says that it has worked closely with Apple to make the Lightning Audio + Charger RockStar, which means they are Apple certified and will be available in Apple stores as well.

The accessory has been priced at $39.99 (Rs. 2,700) and will be available from Apple retail stores, Belkin and Apple's websites.

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