Enjoy Music using AirPods Wirelessly with no headphone jack

According to the coverage of Apple formal invitation issuing, September 7th, at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern in San Francisco is approaching, Apple will present its new flagship products of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for global users as their predecessors' convention. With various leaking messages unveiled, the most controversial change belongs to the "Boom" rumor of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus won't equip 3.5mm headphone jack any more. Then any solutions for "iPhone 7/Plus listen to music with no headphone jack"?

iPhone 7 Special Event

Of particular possibility with Apple's next iPhone is the expectation that the company will do away with the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack. Once the message was confirmed, we should concern about how to enjoy music on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with headphone jack removed in the future.

1. How can we enjoy music without 3.5mm headphone jack?

2. Why Apple was hard to 3.5mm headphone jack?

3. What're the differences between the AAS and DAS?

How can we enjoy music without 3.5mm headphone jack?

Naturally, using bluetooth headset.

It's really the good news for bluetooth factories if truly, the significant sales increasing is at the fingertips. But if you have higher request for sound quality and still wish to use original wired headset, then you could only to think about where to embed DAC chip to make sound working.

There are 4 solutions available we can make out currently.

Solution 1: Listen to Music with Wireless AirPods

AirPod, a Bluetooth-like thing, delivers the smartest iPhone music listening and talking ever with Apple-made W1 chip (appears to be based on Bluetooth 4.2) built in. When you put them in your ear, music starts. And if either is out, audio pauses. Double-tap any one can activate Siri for help. Battery power is not so costing, too. 5 hours listening only need a single charge. It's available for Apple Watch, iPad and Mac. 

Can you do charging and listening at the same time: Yes

Price: $159 (come out in October) 

iPhone 7 airpods 

General Bluetooth headphones can work it out, too. But they are not so recommended merely due to the relatively larger power consumption.

Solution 2: Listen to Music with Headphones via Adapter

"It's so simple," some people would giggler, "try to use Lightning-connector adapter to replace 3.5mm headphone jack will be OK. 12" MacBook, for example, user could directly buy a adapter of USB Type-C to general USB (like the below picture), to go on using the previous USB devices without any problem. However, it's not simple than you image for the audio signal transmission.

lightning interface base

Can you do charging and listening at the same time: No

Price: Free in iPhone 7/Plus pack

iPhone 7 lightning adapter

Solution 3: Listen to Music with Wired Lighting Headphone

Embed DAC directly into the headphone. That can work perfectly through DAC to convert digital signal from Lightning interface to analog signal, without additional space requirement of iPhone 7, what's more, there is enough designing space for headphone factories compared with iPhone 7, Factories can carry higher level DAC and amplifier (especially the headset headphone). then you could enjoy better sound quality. Since Lightning interface could directly provide power for headset, it's no necessary to equip another battery separately for adding the function of active noise reduction.

Earphone with MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) certification. 2 years ago, Apple had already issued its MFi certification for the earphone with Lightning interface. Nowadays, earphones like Fidelio M2L, Audeze EL-8 Titanium ($799.95) are easily found on the market, both of them has been adopting the build-in DAC Lightning interface. Furthermore, Apple would send EarPods with Lightning interface together with iPhone 7 package if it indeed removed 3.5mm headphone jack.


However, if you insisted to compatible with your previous earphones, then you should buy a Lightning interface adapter with build-in DAC. even though it's not very complicated for those adapter designing due to the compressed DAC chip without worried about its power supply, it's certainly not cheap judged by Apple price strategy. So it's not surprised you have to spend additional $50 to get one Lightning-3.5 mm adapter. And in fact, Apple has already released the similar iPhone Lightning Base (as the followed picture), which can connect Lightning interface and iPhone via a 3.5mm headphone plug to convert Digital signal to Analog signal.

Solution 4. Listen to Music on iPhone 7/7 Plus via Media Server

You could try the media server to share the audio folder by casting from PC/laptop to iPhone 7/7 Plus as well. Which belongs to new technology of media sharing, you could own them like Wondershare Converter Ultimate. The most advantage of this way is that you just need to ensure the PC/laptop and your iPhone be in the same network, while those two devices can share the same IP. Here take the operation of Dimo media server as sample too by following the bellow steps:

1: Keep PC/laptop and iPhone 7/7 Plus in same network
2: Start running Dimo Video Converter Ultimate
3: Choose "Media Server" and locate source files
4: Click "Share", then your IP and Port will be detected automatically, and you will get a QR code.
5: Scan the resulted OR code for sharing
6: Play the music from the list on your web browser

For the matter of audio format, you could try to transcode the source audio files to playable format by iPhone 7/7 Plus or extract audio from video before transferring to iPhone 7 (Plus), and you could download the trial version for 30-day free using.

Why Apple was hard to 3.5mm headphone plug?

The best explanation is to save the iPhone inner space. If you go back to the history, you will find "Remove plug to be more compressed" streaming in the DNA of Apple. In 2008, the first MacBook Air, Apple casted away RJ45 interface and Disc Drive to get slighter MacBook Air. And 7 years later, Apple has discarded more physical interfaces of USB Type-C and 3.5mm earphone plug and others to get thinner 12" MacBook. In more extreme case, Apple even replaced 30pin interface (that is to support LineOut Analog Audio input) existing in iPhone's design almost a decade with slighter Lightning interface, let alone SIM card, Apple shrinked SIM size smaller and smaller.

Therefore, it's no wonder for Apple to abandon 3.5mm headphone jack to get thinner design and longer battery life. What's more, it's said that Apple was trying to add water-proof to iPhone 7. Obviously, that's why Apply wants to remove the naked earphone plug.

Even though most users won't like "cancelling 3.5mm headphone jack" emerge, Apple would possibility cling to its course. Whatever the rumors become true or not, Dimo (the company who devotes to developing the better software ultimate for the latest personnel devices to explore video/audio enjoyment, i.e. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate) is keeping close eye to Apple product launching conference, any confirmed leak message we will release timely.

Note: Dimo Video Converter Ultimate has added iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to its files format library now with time-limited promotion.

So, What're the differences between the AAS and DAS?

Analog audio signal (AAS)

Continuous variable electronic signal in sleek and coherent wave

3.5mm headphone jack

Digital Audio Signal (DAS)

Status includes only 0 and 1, without any intermediate one

Lightning connector

From the above form, we can see Digital signal should be converted to Analog one by DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) if you try to use Lightning connector, because whatever headsets or audio systems output only analog signal, or it can't work without embedding DAC module in Lightning connector. While, in that way, it's unlikely Apple would modifythe interface of the Lightning connector in its next generational products, there should be same for iPhone 7 to output digital audio signal only without any accident.

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