Remember the massive outcry directed to Apple when they removed the headphone jack in the new release of iPhone 7? The 3.55mm headphone jack was gone and people were furious. Okay, maybe not everybody but we can say there has been a mix of reviews since then. Other than the new storage capacities and colour options, and the water-resistant feature (finally!), the one thing that iPhone users voiced out was the glaring non-existence of the headphone jack in the attempt to make iPhone 7 lighter and thinner. Well, it does make sense. To make it water-resistant, any holes i.e. the port—those that are literally openings exposed to outside elements— must be removed. It’s not to say that it’s impossible or that other phone companies haven’t done it yet. It’s particularly difficult to make ports waterproof and waterproofing also demands a lot of space which would compromise the slim and sleek feature of an iPhone. And so iPhone 7 introduced the earpods.
While some contended it was a good move to cross out the headphone jack from the picture, many lamented over its inability to listen to music and charge the phone at the same time. Not to mention the tragic ending if you lose these pair of little devils. That leads us to—tada!—the new iPhone dongle that allows you to plug in audio devices and charge the handset at the same time.
The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar, (yes, it’s made by electronics from Belkin, not Apple’s) can be purchased on the App Store. The iPhone dongle is sold for around $40. Now you can charge your IOS device while listening to music whenever you’re on the go. Here are other things you might also want to know straight from Belkin International, Inc.:
The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar supports up to 24bit 48kHz lossless output, and is compatible with the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones. The RockStar will also support the higher power delivery required by premium or professional standard Lightning Audio headphones to deliver superior noise cancellation without the need for batteries or an additional power supply.
Made for iPhone and made for iPad
“Made for iPhone” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPhone or iPad respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple specifications.
2-Year Limited Warranty
The Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar is protected by a Belkin 2-Year Limited Warranty. Belkin International, Inc. (“Belkin”) warrants to the original purchaser of this Belkin product that the product shall be free of defects in design, assembly, material, or workmanship up to 2-years.
Users should note, however, that the RockStar delivers power in to the iPhone/iPad, and only supports Lightning Audio. It does not support syncing or any other USB data, or similar protocol like Serial or UART.
Also, if you plug two sets of Lightning Audio Headphones into the Rockstar, only the first set of headphones connected will work. Nonetheless, you can use other non-apple brands with the Rockstar as it is designed to support all compatible Lightning audio headphones.
Belkin International is an American manufacturer of electronics that specializes in connectivity devices. Other than iPod and iPhone accessories, they sell consumer and commercial product lines, routers, network switches, cables, hubs, etc.
Early this year, a team from Managed IT services Australia noted that Apple’s iPhone took back its top spot as the leading smartphone in the country, after six straight quarters of declines, in the last quarter of 2016 because of iPhone 7. Also, according to the reports of IDC Australia, statistics showed that iOS made a comeback and that it has once again took the spot as the most popular operating system (OS) in Australia. Back in 2015, iPhone lost the top spot to Android. Smartphones running Google’s Android operating system such as Samsung, Sony, LG, etc. comprised the 54% of smartphone sales with iPhone sales sliding down to 41%. The remaining 5% was made up of the Windows Phone sales.