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Fuze case for iPhone 7 wants to bring back the jack

This sneaky little accessory puts a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter and an extended battery pack onto the bottom of a single, contained case for the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

It's been a few weeks since the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went on sale, which means some owners are already sick of carrying around the headphone adapter. And unless you've picked up a pair of Lightning headphones for yourself, you're probably either hating the dongle life right now or rigging some other ways to output audio from the smartphone.

If you're desperately looking for a way to get back the jack, there's a clever iPhone case up for grabs on Indiegogo that could ease your pain.

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The Fuze for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus puts a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter and an extended battery pack onto the bottom of a single, contained case.

Fuze

The Fuze for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is such a basic accessory, you'll probably wonder why you didn't think of it first: it's a protective case that has a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter built-in, thus eliminating the need for an external dongle entirely.

The bottom has separate ports for Lightning and headphone plugs and Fuze's "Sync-Through" technology lets you juice up and listen to music at the same time.

Of course, that also means the case is slightly longer and beefier, but not by much: it adds 0.2 inch (5mm) to the overall thickness and 2.9 ounces (28 grams) of additional weight to the phone.

To sweeten the deal, Fuze throws a power pack into the case that can double the iPhone's life over the course of a day. The battery size for the iPhone 7 model is 2,400mAh while the iPhone 7 Plus case is measured at 3,600mAh.

The Fuze case comes in five colors (white, black, gold, rose gold and blue), and the company is offering an assortment of special prices for early backers.

If you can wait another few months, the cases are projected to ship in December for a set price of $69 (£55, AU$90) for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus versions.

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