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Headphones You Can Use Right Now With Your iPhone 7
The 3.5mm jack is gone, but don't pull your hair out just yet
September 30, 2016
Believe it or not, there are already headphones that plug into Apple's Lightning jack, and you can bet more are coming. If you've got an iPhone 7 and want to buy something right now,
these will do
. They're relatively cheap, and sport a flat cable that's made to resist getting tangled up. The built-in volume control doesn't pack a mic, however, so no phone conversations on these.
Plantronics Backbeat Fit Wireless
If you've already got wireless headphones, you're in good shape. If you don't have wireless headphones, you might want to consider them. Because these connect to devices via Bluetooth and lack any wires, you can use them interchangeably with other devices and might get more use out of them over time. If you just want a decent pair of not-too-expensive phones that will last for a while, the
Plantronics Backbeat Fit
should work out nicely. They're purportedly sweatproof, too—whatever that means.
JBL E40BT Wireless
JBL E40BT on-ear headphones connect to any Bluetooth-enabled phone (i.e., any phone from the past 5 years), and can handle phone calls with a microphone nestled in one of the ear cups. These are probably a little kinder to your hearing than a set of earbuds; on-ear cans block out more sound, letting you keep the volume down, and don't mainline tunes directly into your ear canals, although they might get sweaty. The price is
Jabra REVO Wireless
Jabra's REVO Bluetooth headphones are a bit fancier than those JBL ones—and a
—but they come with a few other useful parts. You can control your calls and music playback via a little dial on one of the earcups, and, should you ever want to connect it to a different device, you also have the option of plugging it in with a 3.5mm jack, that is. Perhaps the coolest aspect of these headphones is the free app that allows you to make EQ adjustments to your music, so you can catch every layer of Chris Martin's wavering voice.
Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Jack Adapter
Maybe you're not keen on the whole wireless route, and/or would prefer to charge only one device and not two. In that case, Apple is including a
Lightning to 3.5mm
jack adapter with all of its new, jackless phones. You might want to just leave it attached to your headphones to postpone losing it.
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