Even as some customers find themselves eager for the iPhone 7 and its impending release date due to its bevy of improved hardware features, other potential customers are crying foul at the shocking lack of a headphone jack on the device. Wireless headphones aren’t for everyone, and even with an included adapter, there is currently no way to recharge the battery of an iPhone 7 while any kind of audio cable plugged in – and that’s leading to headaches and vows of a boycott.
The arguments in favor of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are numerous. The microprocessor speed represents a new breakthrough. The camera technology is unprecedented for a mobile device. And someone finally appears to have gotten the water resistance right, after competitors such as Samsung have tried and failed and abandoned the feature. But for everything the iPhone 7 does right, its ship and release date is now approaching with no solution in sight for how a user is supposed to connect a charging cable and an audio cable at the same time. And the problem goes beyond merely headphones or earbuds.
Users have asked how they’re supposed to connect the iPhone 7 to their car’s stereo via an aux cable while also keeping it charged, as the included adapter won’t solve that dilemma. Even a number of current model automobiles only have standard bluetooth built in for phone calls and not stereo bluetooth, meaning they must use a cable to listen to their iPhone through their car’s speakers.
With the iPhone 7 release date taking place at retail on September 16th, that leaves Apple just eight days to figure out how to answer the question now being asked in unison by millions of potential buyers: “How in the heck you charge the thing while an audio cable is plugged in?” And if Apple can’t magically come up with an answer within days, millions of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales will be lost. No wonder Apple is keeping an upgraded iPhone 6S around; it appears to have already realized that for a large portion of the user base, the iPhone 7 is simply a defective product.