One of the most talked-about changes in the iPhone X is that it leaves only one jack for charging and wired earphones. It ditches the old 3.5mm headphone jack and goes all-in on Lightning and wireless. That's all well and good for the advancement of technology, but it effectively reduces the number of ports on the bottom from two-to-one. So here comes a dilemma: How do you enjoy music when your phone is in need of charge?
If you want to listen to music while your phone is charging, you can use Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™, or go wireless.
Option1: Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™ Adapter
As we can see from the picture, such an adapter has two plugs, one for audio and the other for charge, which may cause some misunderstandings.
Someone may ask, “Can I use the lightning audio + charge adapter to sync my iPhone/iPad to another device?” The answer is no. A lightning audio + charge adapter delivers power in to your iPhone/iPad, and Audio out. It does not support syncing or any other USB data, or similar protocol like Serial or UART. It only supports Lightning Audio.
Or you may ask, “What happens if I plug two sets of Lightning Audio Headphones into the RockStar™?” The answer is only the first set of headphones you connect will work.
The third most frequently asked question is, “Can I use other brand (non-apple) Lightning Audio headphones with the Rockstar™?” And the answer would be a big yes. All compatible Lightning Audio headphones are supported.
Usually such a Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™ is of dual functionality. That is to listen to Lightning Audio and charge at the same time. It supports pass-through charging up to 12W for iPhone and iPad, and up to 48 kHz, 24-bit audio output. It is compatible with Lightning Audio headphones and the Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter. Most importantly, it is made for iPhone and iPad.
How to Use a Lightning Audio + Charge Adapter
The more important question is the way to use it. Following are the steps of how to connect the adapter to your phone.
- Get a multi-port adapter: Currently, you can get the Apple Charging Dock for 50 USD.
The lightning adapter will require headphones with a lightning cable. If they use a normal 3.5mm audio connection you will need an additional adapter.
- Connect your headphones to the adapter:The Apple dock has a standard 3.5mm audio port for headphones.
- Connect the adapter to a power source: Connect a lightning cable into the lightning port and connect the USB end to a charging source (computer, wall charger, extra battery, etc.).
Your iPhone will chime and display a lightning symbol on the battery icon when it is successfully charging.
- Play music on your phone. You can now launch the Music app on your phone and listen to music while the phone charges.
Option 2: Bluetooth Headphones
Although the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™ can perfectly meet our needs of listening to lightening audio while charging the phone, its price is a bit high.
So here's another option -- Bluetooth headphones, which starting for around $20 (£15.05 or AU$26.18) online. But they quickly go up in price, especially if you want quality Bluetooth headphones. However considering the convenience and stylishness it brings, you might decide to invest in a pair of Bluetooth headphones. In this way you can also enjoy music while your phone is charging.
(If you want a compatible Bluetooth headphone, please click to see the best wireless Bluetooth headphone for iPhone x)
However, no matter how you cut it, all of them will cost a fair amount of money to accomplish something that was quite simple before. That may be the cost of new technology.