Up until Apple released the iPhone 7, iPhones had normal headphone jacks and separate Lightning ports for charging. With the iPhone 7, both ports merged into a single Lightning port meaning you can either listen to music (with Lightning headphones) or charge your phone–but not both at the same time. Well, here’s some good news: several third party manufacturers are now coming out with adapters that allow you to listen to music and charge your iPhone 7 at the same time!
All the chargers in this article will work for all current iPhone models including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xr. You can also use them with iPads and iPad Pros.
How to charge iPhone 7 and listen to headphones at the same time:
2 in 1 Lightning to 3.5mm Adapter for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
If you need flexibility with your cables, especially if they’re often bending at opposing angles, this lightning and audio splitter is perfect for charging your iPhone while listening to music at the same time. This one is different from other splitters because instead of being a brick shaped port splitter, it offers a flexible cable and both a Lightning port and a normal headphone jack. Some users might find this more convenient or desirable because they may feel it has less of a chance of snapping off or stressing the inside of their iPhone 7’s Lightning port. It’s perfect for using in the car to connect to the stereo or at your desk while you work.
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Several headphone makers are rushing to come out with Lightning headphones for the iPhone 7. These new Lightning connector headphones offer the possibility of better sound quality (because the Lightning port is able to carry more data than the old headphone jack) and also a slimmer profile. Not every pair of Lightning headphones offers an in-line controller like the original Apple earbuds do, allowing you to play/pause and adjust volume up or down. But here are some of the best new Lightning headphones and earbuds with volume controllers and remotes that we’ve been able to find:
Brightech – Apple MFi Approved Pure Lightning Headphones for iPhone 7
These stylish iPhone Lightning connector headphones offer a polished black body with red trim and great sound quality for the money. They are capable of playing 24-bit audio by virtue of their 8-pin Lightning connector, and they also feature an in-line remote which allows you to play and pause your music, plus adjust the volume up or down, just like the original iPhone earbuds do. If you press the center button twice in quick succession you can skip to the next track as well. These lightning headphones come with a nearly 4 foot long cable and a 3 year warranty.
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Omars Apple MFI Approved Pure Lightning Earphones
These red and black Lightning earbuds come with a unique thin cable that won’t get tangled as easily as traditional round headphone cables do. The Omars brand Lightining earbuds offer 24-bit digital audio reproduction and a built in remote near the center of the cable, allowing you to play/pause your music, adjust the volume, skip to the next track, or activate Siri without pulling your phone out of your pocket. The Lightning cable included with these headphones is almost 4 feet long.
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