Hands On: iLDOCK Kickstarter looks to add a headphone jack to the iPhone 7

By , Oct 11, 2016

iLDOCK In use

The iPhone 7 has encountered much ire in response to the lack of a headphone jack. Since the launch, there have been a bevy of companies vying for the ultimate accessory to “fix” the iPhone 7 by bringing back the headphone jack. iLDOCK is yet another accessory trying to fill that void.

Apple creates their own accessory for converting the Lightning port into a 3.5mm audio jack. The issue comes up when you want to listen to audio, and charge your phone simultaneously. Newly launched Kickstarter project iLDOCK looks to fix this annoying problem. The small aluminum adapter plugs into your phone to bring you the old 3.5mm audio port, as well as a female lightning port.

The Kickstarter is looking to raise $5,000 to go into production, but at the time of writing, has brought in almost 20 times that amount. The small dongle comes in 3 different variants. The standard model which we looked at in our hands on demo with a preproduction model, includes the audio and lightning ports.

Then there is the iLDOCK Duo, which includes 2 lightning ports. This would make it similar to the upcoming Belkin adapter. The most impressive of the 3 is the Plus model. The iLDOCK Plus includes a Lightning port, SD card slot, USB port, 3.5mm audio port, and a microSD card slot.

When we went hands on I was pretty impressed with the build quality. It felt very sturdy and worked as advertised. As someone with a black iPhone, I do wish that the space grey version was a bit darker however. If you have a different colored phone, you can pick up the gold, rose gold, or silver options as well.

iLDOCK Colors iPhone 7

Not everything about the adapter is perfect though. For instance, it is not MFi certified. So you do run the risk of any non-Apple approved cable or adapter. You also can’t use any sort of dock while the adapter is attached. Also, since this was a preproduction unit, they did warn me that the volume controls through any headphones inline remote were not yet implemented, but that it would be by the time they went into production.

The iLDOCK adapters start at only $10 dollars so if you are interested in picking one (or two) up, the Kickstarter project runs until October 28th. They plan to start shipping out mid November.

iLDOCK attached to iPhone 7

So what do you guys think of different adapters like iLDOCK? Is the iPhone 7 situation frustrating enough to warrant buying an adapter? Do you buy Apple’s logic for why they removed it in the first place? Let us know down in the comments below.

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  • pauleebe

    No MiFi, no thanks

    • John Smith

      The MFi certification costs alone would make the price skyrocket by $20

      • MMA Rules

        But you’ll need the MFI because if there’s an OS update the adapter will be useless

  • Neal Honickman

    Any idea if the 3.5 mm dock has a DAC?

  • Jacques Hillaireau

    I’ve come across the situation once :
    People told me to plug in the jack and put some music on at their place, and I said “my phone doesn’t have a jack plug…” in a more shameful way than I had imagined it… They laughed a bit, said it sucks and then took out the bluetooth speaker and let me use it like modern people…
    I totally buy in Apple’s move to remove that obsolete plug… and that kind of accessory will look SO useless in a couple of years, or a bit more, when wired headphones will belong to little kids discovering technology and backyard sales where you stumble upon a wire and be like “wow that’s ancient” just like DVDs are or like floppy disks etc…
    Saying the iPhone 7 sucks BECAUSE it doesn’t have a jack is like saying the last good mac was the macbook pro 2012 because it reads and burns DVDs LOL.
    I specifically remember having the same feeling about the lack of DVD players on the new macs… a little nostalgic, maybe even disappointed at first, but everything seems obvious now that the technology is years behind what is offered today.
    MOVE ON PEOPLE, better get used to no jack now and feel fine when it becomes a standard !
    thx for reading.

    • MMA Rules

      I agree with you, so if it had a headphone jack your phone has to be tether to a cable and if you has to use it you have to get up and go where your phone is instead of having the freedom of having your phone in your pocket and move around and text or email, so those people still had an obsolete sound system then they took out what it was a modern system “Bluetooth”

      • Moses

        I’m sure we can have both!

  • Do it for iphone 7. high quality security