CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Mobile

Listening to music and charging your iPhone 7 at the same time costs extra

If you prefer listening to music with wired headphones, doing so while charging the iPhone 7 is going to pose some problems.

One of the most talked-about changes in the iPhone 7 is its lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Inside the box, you no longer get a pair of 3.5mm EarPods. Instead, you get a pair of Lightning EarPods, as well as a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter, which will allow you to continue using your analog headphones.

But, there's a catch. If you want to listen to your wired headphones -- even the new Lightning EarPods -- and your phone is in need of a charge, you'll need to buy an extra adapter or go wireless.

Here are some of the options for listening with headphones as you charge your iPhone 7.

iphone-lightning-dock.jpg
Apple.com

Apple's Lighting Dock. Apple sells an iPhone Lightning Dock. It's $49 (£49, AU$75), and it holds the iPhone upright with nothing more than a rigid Lightning connection. It has a Lightning port on the back for its power supply and flanking that port is a 3.5mm jack. Presumably, this is geared more toward running a 3.5mm cable from the dock to a sound system, but it could work as a work-around solution for jamming out with analog headphones while charging. That said, it isn't going to be pretty.

Belkin's adapter. Third-party accessory maker Belkin has created the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter, which allows passthrough charging via Lightning while also listening to Lightning-compatible headphones. However, it isn't cheap either. It's $40 (£30.07 or AU$52.32), and if you want to listen to 3.5mm headphones, you will still need use a second adapter -- the one included with the iPhone.

Bluetooth headphones. In the end, you might decide to invest in a pair of Bluetooth headphones, which start for around $20 (£15.05 or AU$26.18) online. But they quickly go up in price, especially if you want quality Bluetooth headphones. The cheapest ones on Apple's website are $100 (around £75 or AU$130), and only go up from there.

No matter how you cut it, some of the workarounds are unsightly, and all of them will cost a fair amount of money to accomplish something that was quite simple before.