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

By Andrew O'Hara on Oct 11, 2016

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. Read More


Apple’s iPhone 7 Lightning headphone adapter packs in a surprising amount of circuitry

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2016

Repair wizards over at iFixit along with their pals at Creative Electron gave Apple’s new $9 iPhone 7 Lightning headphone adapter a thorough X-ray treatment. The analysis has revealed a surprising amount of circuitry inside of the dongle.

Most notably, it packs in a pretty unique integrated circuit that’s most likely a built-in digital-to-analog (DAC) converter. There’s actually a lot going on in the diminutive adapter aside from the DAC, writes iFixit, including things like an integrated amplifier and an analog-to-digital-converter (ADC).

“We’re surprised how much electronics Apple was able to include inside this little cable,” said Creative Electron, which builds X-ray inspection systems for electronics. Read More


Twelve South’s HiRise 2 Deluxe dock looks great with the new iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 29, 2016

Twelve South is at it again, making great accessories for Apple products. The company’s release of the HiRise 2 and HiRise 2 Deluxe charging docks earlier this month brought forth a redesign with new color options and improved stability for larger devices.

In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the HiRise 2 Deluxe in black, a color made to match Apple’s new black iPhone 7 & 7 Plus finish. Read More


Apple releases iOS 10.0.2 with bug fixes for audio controls, Photos app, & app extensions

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 23, 2016

Apple has released a small update for compatible iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads on Friday dubbed iOS 10.0.2 that fixes a handful of small bugs introduced with the initial release of iOS 10. Read More


4 ways to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 8, 2016

In case you haven’t already figured it out, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both do completely away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, Apple is now pushing the industry to use Lightning-based and wireless Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

So with that in mind, how will you possibly use your existing headphones and speakers with your new iPhone while you’re trying to charge it? Well we’ve got four solutions for you that will get your mind off of the missing headphone jack. Read More


Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter is only $9

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 7, 2016

One of the things that sets the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus apart from the rest of the iPhone lineup is the exclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple is now requiring headphones to either go wireless or utilize the Lightning port. Read More


iPhone 7 might ship with Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2016

An image of another claimed spec sheet has surfaced on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, indicating that the iPhone 7 could come with both a Lightning edition of Apple’s wired EarPods and a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box. As a result, the iPhone 7 should provide its owners with an appropriate solution for connecting their existing wired headphones to the handset right out of the box, without requiring them to purchase a standalone adapter. Read More


Vettr shows a simple clock and battery indicator when charging your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 23, 2016

One of the features I really like about my Apple Watch is nightstand mode, because it gives me a way to quickly see the time on my desk right when I wake up in the morning. Unfortunately, the screen is kind of small.

With a new free jailbreak tweak called Vettr, you can effectively turn your iPhone into a pleasant nightstand clock, but it can be used for other things too. We’ll show you in this review what Vettr is all about. Read More


Grovemade’s walnut iPhone dock is built to last and looks stunning

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 18, 2016

Docks are a great way to store your iPhone on your nightstand overnight or on your office desk while you work on your computer. There are a lot of options to choose from out there with varying degrees of quality, and Grovemade makes a product that you won’t be disappointed in.

In this review, we’ll show you the Grovemade walnut dock for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus, a premium metal and hard wood dock that pays careful attention to detail and looks great anywhere you put it. Read More


Another hands-on video shows genuine-looking, working Lightning EarPods in action

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

Apple’s official Lightning-based EarPods (that could be marketed under the ‘AirPods’ moniker, according to a trademark filing) were already filmed on video and depicted on leaked photos. Today, UK-based mobile accessory firm MobileFun posted a hands-on video of its own of what appears to be a wired, Lightning-based edition of the EarPods.

Apple, as you know, is widely expected to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack from its next iPhone in favor of Bluetooth wireless headsets and Lightning-based wired ones, the latter potentially providing lossless digital sound. Read More


Take advantage of this 2-for-1 deal on the extra-long MFi-Certified charging cable (81% off)

By iDB Deals on Aug 3, 2016

As great as Apple’s reputation for making great devices, their charging cables still leave quite a bit to be desired. Prone to falling apart after what seems like only a few weeks, the charging cables you’re provided with your iPhone are often frustratingly limited in functionality.

But a solution has been found in the reliably durable Extra-Long MFi-Certified Charging Cable, now offered in a 2-pack that’s 81% off. Read More


Fully functional Lightning EarPods caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Following blurry photos of an alleged Lightning-based edition of the EarPods, Apple’s stock iPhone headphones, a new video now gives us a far better look at what appears to be fully functional headphones resembling the EarPods, except they connect into the iPhone’s Lightning port.

Published on YouTube channel EverythingApplesPro on Friday and first discovered by French blog iGen.fr, the 60-second clip shows the headphones connected via Lightning to an iPhone running iOS 9. They work as you’d expect, including controlling playback via the in-line Play/Pause and Volume Up and Down buttons. Read More


Genuine-looking iPhone 7 Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter caught on video

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2016

As you know, the next iPhone is expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack for wireless headphones, powered by Bluetooth, and wired ones, driven by Lightning. Now, certain sources are adamant that the handset may ship with a Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter in the box so that folks could continue using their existing audio accessories.

Today, we get another glimpse of the claimed adapter in a set of leaked images and an accompanying high-resolution video. This latest leak came on Thursday via Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn, which claims to have received the adapter from a Foxconn factory. Read More


Deutsche Bank analysts think iPhone 7 will ship with Lightning-to-audio dongle

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

The next iPhone, which sources in China think could be marketed as ‘iPhone 6SE’ to reflect its iterative nature, may ship with a Lightning-to-audio dongle and still end up selling better than the current-generation iPhone 6s, which hasn’t quite lived up to Apple’s internal expectations.

That’s according to a Deutsche Bank research note issued to clients last week, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider. The investment bankers also shared their predictions for the next iPhone’s features, based on their supply checks. Read More


Fully assembled Lightning-based EarPods shown on leaked images

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Last month, a batch of photographs out of China claiming to depict a Lightning-based version of Apple’s standard EarPods headphones left us scratching our head due to the product’s sketchy appearance. But now, French blog NowhereElse.fr points us to another set of leaked images, originally posted on the Chinese social network Weibo, that ostensibly show off a fully assembled EarPods headphones with a Lightning connector.

UPDATE: confirmed as fake. Read More


Apple supplier Cirrus Logic releases MFi Lightning headphone development kit

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic, which provides audio chips for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, today released a software development kit for third-party vendors who wish to build Lightning-based headphones under the ‘Made for iOS’ (MFi) program.

iOS already supports headphones based on the proprietary Lightning connector, some of which are sold by Apple itself. As you know, the next iPhone is widely expected to drop the standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning headphones. Read More


Photographs of claimed Lightning-based EarPods leak on the web

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

A sketchy photograph just surfaced on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo, appearing to show off a Lightning-based version of Apple’s standard EarPods headphones. As you know, Apple is widely expected to ditch the 3.5mm analog audio jack on the next iPhone in favor of wireless headphones via Bluetooth and all-digital wired headphones based on Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. Read More


Food for thought: is 3.5mm audio plug the new floppy drive?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Responding to Nilay Patel’s controversial article on The Verge, titled “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber pulls out the floppy drive analogy.

As you know, the next iPhone is rumored to ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm jack in favor of Bluetooth and Lightning-based headphones.

Gruber goes on to compare Nilay’s arguments against removing the century-old analog jack from mobile devices to the similar arguments that had been made in response to Apple’s decision to ditch the good ol’ floppy drive from the iMac in 1998 for USB. Read More


Stop Image Capture from launching when you connect your iPhone to your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 15, 2016

Depending on your default application settings on your Mac, certain apps may open when you connect certain external devices to your computer. Among those could be Apple’s Image Capture app, which is a media-importing app that comes with your stock installation of OS X.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable Image Capture from launching every time you connect your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your Mac. Read More


First Lightning-to-headphone adapter surfaces, offering a sign of things to come

By Christian Zibreg on May 31, 2016

Apple is widely believe to remove the more than century-old 3.5mm analog audio jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-enabled headphones and wireless Bluetooth headsets. Chinese vendor Tama Electric is advertising at Computex 2016 in Taipei the first Lightning-to-headphone that would let folks connect their existing analog headphones based on the 3.5mm audio jack to the iPhone 7.

The listing was first discovered by the oft-reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara. Read More

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