IPHONE 7 HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED JUST OVER A WEEK!
Apple has done it again with the iPhone 7 Plus, a phone that’s as powerful as it is controversial. In benchmarks, it’s more powerful than any Android flagship phone; in camera tests it wows with 2× optical zoom and sharp photos; and it’s finally water resistant. There’s just one little problem: it doesn’t have a headphone jack.
We took the iPhone 7 Plus out for the weekend to see just how good it is and whether not having a headphone jack is a deal breaker.
The elephant in the room
Rumors that Apple was going to axe the 3.5mm headphone jack rocked the internet and inspired a flurry of rage, tears, and fears among the Apple faithful. Now that we know it’s true, people are learning to live with it, or they’re seriously considering leaving Apple behind for good. (At least, until every Android maker starts axing the jack, too. But I digress.)
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Let’s get this over with: The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus no longer feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. That means you’ll have to rely on a Lightning converter for your current headphones, or upgrade to a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. To make up for the missing headphone jack, Apple is including a pair of Lightning-connected (wired) EarPods in the box and a Lightning converter — a short cable, horribly known as a dongle — for your 3.5mm headphone plug. The big downside: You cannot charge your phone and listen to music at the same time.