Belkin today announced a new adapter built for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X and is compatible with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Called the 3.5 mm Audio + Charge RockStar adapter, it does what its name says: it lets you charge your iPhone and use 3.5mm headphones to listen to music. This solves the problem with Apple’s recent iPhones which, unfortunately, have been forbidden a traditional jack out of “courage” and no longer allows users to charge their phone while jamming out. Y’know, unless you opt for wireless charging.
But here’s the thing: this dongle costs $35. For just a headphone jack to Lightning adapter, Apple charges $9. For one with both a headphone jack and Lightning port, it costs $26 more. Why you may ask? I’m gonna assume there’s some serious logic inside the adapter itself to separate the charging and audio channels, but I’m not entirely sure. Nevertheless, I assume anyone who absolutely needs to listen to music while charging over Lightning will spend the money to get this thing.