Matt Edwards

Associate Professor of Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory Artistic Director of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

Technology Thursday: Apple killed the headphone jack – what do I do now!?

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When Apple announced its iPhone 7 yesterday, they finally acknowledged that they have indeed eliminated the headphone jack. The jack dates back to the 19th century, and apparently Apple knows better than every other technology company in the world and has decided this standard component is obsolete. So what are you to do with all of your audio jack dependent audio equipment if you decide to buy the new iPhone 7? You buy a bluetooth adapter.

screen-shot-2016-09-07-at-10-32-17-pmI stumbled upon bluetooth adapters a few years ago when I realized I could buy Bose desktop speakers for $50 on clearance at Target and add a bluetooth adapter for less than another $50. I was able to put together a system for less than $100 that delivered better sound than the $299 Bose Soundlink I had been eyeing. My bluetooth adapter of choice is the HomeSpot NFC – Enabled Bluetooth Audio Receiver available through Amazon. The unit is small, it can be powered via USB (meaning you can use it to add bluetooth to your car using an auxiliary cable), it is easy to pair, reliable, and the quality is great. At $15, it is an absolute steal!

I must say that I am not happy with Apple and this change – not that they care what I think. I will not be upgrading anytime soon, I think I’ll hold out for the 7s and hope they come to their senses. But for those of you who have been holding out for the new iPhone and can’t wait any longer, hopefully this will help.

Thanks for reading! ~Matt


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This entry was posted on September 8, 2016 by in Misc. Thoughts.

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