The iPhone 7 and third-party battery pack cases – The Robservatory

One aspect of Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7/7 Plus that I haven’t seen discussed anywhere is the impact it will have on third-party battery pack case makers. Traditionally, third-party battery pack cases plug into the Lightning port, and typically provide a micro USB connector in its place. They also then usually have a headphone passthrough, either via a port extender or a special headphone cable extender, to allow you to plug in headphones without removing the battery pack.

I was curious how the case makers were going to address this for the iPhone 7, because blocking the Lightning port means that users will have to use wireless headphones when using a battery pack. I searched Amazon for iPhone 7 battery case, to see what might be in store. However, the results were disappointing–basically, every single product uses micro USB for charge and sync. I could go on, but you get the idea: None of the manufacturers seem to be worried about blocking the Lightning port with their battery cases.

Rob mentioned this to me earlier today, and not having ever had a battery pack for an iPhone, I hadn’t considered this. But it is, indeed, a problem for those who need more battery life.

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4 thoughts on “The iPhone 7 and third-party battery pack cases – The Robservatory

  1. I unintentionally happened to notice people on public transport today. Every single person that used earphones, (not me) at some point, took them out and let them dangle, (I don’t know why, they just did, ok?) by virtue of the cable, around their neck/shoulder/whatever.

    However, knowing this factoid does not feature in apples next move… their next move does not involve “customer feedback”, or indeed “developer feedback” (hilarious that developers feel they are somehow significant beyond customers… what a joke) being an offensively vulgar corporate squeeze of yet more money from not only buyers of their over priced trinkets, but also by abusing their position to illicit cash from manufacturers (and judging by the apple store lightning headphone, its a shabby crew of the poorest headphones buyable).

    I don’t need to report this as news, because as I have stated, Apple have other plans afoot. It’s not about design, ease of use, “just working”, or customer demand…. (what BS!!!)
    We shouldn’t waste webspace or breath on the merits of wire, Apple are simply looking at their corporate calculations, reviewing the “feedback”, in a way that benefits APPLE, not you, thus spinning their direction in their Apple-speak, and then simply cashing in on licensing.

  2. I unintentionally happened to notice people on public transport today. Every single person that used earphones, (not me) at some point, took them out and let them dangle, (I don’t know why, they just did, ok?) by virtue of the cable, around their neck/shoulder/whatever.

    However, knowing this factoid does not feature in apples next move… their next move does not involve “customer feedback”, or indeed “developer feedback” (hilarious that developers feel they are somehow significant beyond customers… what a joke) being an offensively vulgar corporate squeeze of yet more money from not only buyers of their over priced trinkets, but also by abusing their position to illicit cash from manufacturers (and judging by the apple store lightning headphone, its a shabby crew of the poorest headphones buyable).

    I don’t need to report this as news, because as I have stated, Apple have other plans afoot. It’s not about design, ease of use, “just working”, or customer demand…. (what BS!!!)
    We shouldn’t waste webspace or breath on the merits of wire, Apple are simply looking at their corporate calculations, reviewing the “feedback”, in a way that benefits APPLE, not you, thus spinning their direction in their Apple-speak, and then simply cashing in on licensing.

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