Listen to wired headphones while charging your iPhone 7? It's going to cost you

As Apple attempts to move the world to wireless audio, many will make do with the wired headphones they have on hand. You can charge and enjoy music if you purchase the right accessory.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer
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Haven't yet picked up a Bluetooth headset? Have an iPhone 7 that's now dead, but you got to rock out? You have a couple options for $40 to $49.

Apple's Phil Schiller recommends you pick up a $49 iPhone Lightning Dock to satisfy your desire. It sits on your desk, but also holds your iPhone up at a slight angle so you can go hands-free.

Belkin also announced its Lightning Audio and Charge Rockstar adapter that will be available in October for $39.95. We are sure to see many more such accessories launching soon as well.

I understand that technology has to move forward at times, but that doesn't mean I have to like that my new iPhone 7 Plus won't have a headphone jack like all of my other phones.

When I fly on a plane, I get by thanks in large part to noise-cancelling headphones. Since I travel light and find that on- or over-the-ear headphones hurt my ears, I bought a pair of Bose noise-cancelling earbuds last year for $300. They are worth every penny, but also a wired headset.

With the included Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, I will still be able to use them with the new iPhone 7 Plus, but I won't be able to charge up my iPhone. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Apple had included wireless charging so you could do both at the same time?

In my experiences, music has much better fidelity and volume through a wired headset. Combined with amps like we see on the HTC 10, a wired music experience can be very emotional. There is a time and place for Bluetooth headphones, and I use them occasionally, but the headphone jack should remain for the best audio experience.

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