The headphone jack had to die, and Apple fans have known the 7 was going to ditch the 3.5mm port well in advance of the official announcement. That hasn’t stopped lots of people from being mad about it — and a few others from finding a quick and dirty solution.
Yesterday, Redditor DungJohnson posted images of a prototype case for the iPhone 7 which brings back the headphone jack and adds a second Lightning connector. He claims the internals are “heavily modified electronics from an iPhone 6 battery case.” Since the iPhone 7 isn’t out yet, the case is being tested and fit on an iPhone 6s. It’s not yet known if all three ports can be used at once — or if some new functionality in the 7 will render the case incompatible — but it seems likely this could solve The Headphone Problem.
Dung and his brother intend to sell the cases and have set up a website with renderings of the final design. December is the targeted release with pricing at $US49 ($66), according to the site. However, Dung told Gizmodo over Reddit private message that they’re also “planning on doing a Kickstarter and going from there”.
For my money, a plug-and-play case is a far more elegant (and some might say *courageous*) solution than an ugly, highly-losable dongle.