The $12 must-have accessory for your iPhone 7
It’s not as nice looking as Sean Nelson’s mockup of an Apple-designed Bluetooth receiver from February, but the concept is similar.
Back in mid-August, my friend gave me one of these because he had an extra. The iPhone 6 I used at the time still had a headphone jack, but I started finding some great ways to use this thing to avoid wires.
Now that I have an iPhone 7 Plus with no headphone jack, it’s graduated to a must-have.
There are probably tons of others on the market, but a key feature of this Bluetooth receiver is that it has both a male and female connector.
That may seem weird at first, but it makes it easy to plug wired headphones directly into the receiver while making it possible to plug into a car’s aux port without carrying an extra cable.
Ways I use it
- Plug headphones into the adapter and put it in my pocket, so I don’t have any wires connected to my iPhone (this seems marginal, but it’s a big improvement for walks or doing stuff around the house)
- Plug one of a few home speaker systems into it to wirelessly listen to music on speakers that don’t have AirPlay (really useful for playing music at other people’s houses, too)
- Plug it into the aux jack in any car (my car doesn’t have Bluetooth built-in)
- It re-connects automatically when turned on
- There’s a play/pause button on it
- It can pair to multiple devices (and does an OK job of switching between them)
- Non-crappy audio quality, unlike other Bluetooth receivers is tried over the past ~5 years
- Decent battery life (about 6 hours of playback, like they claim) or always works while it’s plugged via Micro-USB
- No support for headset microphone (it has a built-in microphone, but using that is awkward)
- No support for headset controls
- It doesn’t stop playing if the audio output is unplugged
Like the 3.5mm-to-lightning adapter Apple shipped with every iPhone 7, this device is a stepping stone. But at just $12 it seems like a great way to add more flexibility to an iPhone 7 or any device with Bluetooth audio output, so I wanted to share my experience.
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