Tiny tragedies: an iPhone 7 dongle story

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:39:04 AM. I lost my iPhone 7's original, pack-in headphone jack adapter in Arizona on a family trip. The main thing I use my iPhone for is listening to podcasts and audiobooks whenever I’m going from point A...
I lost my iPhone 7's original, pack-in headphone jack adapter in Arizona on a family trip. The main thing I use my iPhone for is listening to podcasts and audiobooks whenever I’m going from point A to point B, so obviously this was devastating. My first attempt to solve the problem was to reject wires altogether and buy some Bluetooth headphones. But I hate the pairing process, especially when switching between phone and laptop, and I also don't like the fact that my day is ruined if I forget to charge them. So I switched to the original Lightning headphones that came with my iPhone 7, even though they were conked out in one ear and don’t really fit very well. Life was suffering. After a month or so I'd finally had enough. I wanted to be able to use real headphones again. So there I was, clicking through Amazon, searching desperately for a clear choice of dongle replacement, drowning in a sea of knockoffs and ripoffs. The search results on Amazon.com for "apple headphone jack adapter" were atypical. Rather than an obvious and highly-rated best seller, most of the available no-frills dongles had only dozens of reviews and were barely holding on to four star ratings. One rare popular exception was the $8.64 Sout adapter, which had 1,000 or so reviews and a cumulative 1.5 star rating. The "Amazon's Choice" dongle on Amazon is ostensibly Apple's own official adapter, but from reading the reviews, it seems like many people have received a non-operational knockoff instead of the...Read more
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