As rumoured earlier, Apple for the very first time has ditched the 3.5 mm audio jack in favour of the audio via the lightning port in the iPhone 7 and the 7 Plus. That said, since the lightning charging port and the audio output shares the same port, we were curious on whether one could listen to music while the phone is in charge. Also, the wireless AirPod is something that would suit your need in case you are on a lookout for a wireless earphone.
When asked about the same, Phil Schiller pointed towards the iPhone lightning dock that comes with a separate 3.5mm audio jack. However, this dock will set you back by $49 and will add to the bulk of your accessories. It would have been a lot useful if Apple had done the same via a dongle adapter instead of the dock.
The 3.5mm audio jack also means that one could simply attach the speakers to the dock and can listen to music while the phone is charging. Coming to think about it the 3.5mm audio jack appeared on smartphones a while ago. Before the 3.5mm jack, most of the smartphones including Nokia’s legendary N Series phones and Sony’s Walkman series phones used the charging port for music output. Apple, on the other hand, says that it was “Crazy” to keep the 3.5mm jack around especially when there was a much more modern way out. Saving the space on ditching the 3.5mm jack also meant that Apple could place their Taptic Engine. Also, it is quite possible that doing away with the audio jack has helped Apple to achieve the required ingress protection (IP67).
Whether the world is ready for it or not Apple has moved on, hopefully, the audio accessory manufacturers will follow suit and come out with amicable accessories.