Prototype iPhone 7 case adds a 3.5 mm audio jack
The iPhone 7 and its $159 USD AirPods are being ridiculed left and right for understandable reasons, but at least one user is taking the bold step to assemble a case that integrates the 3.5 mm audio jack and more back onto the smartphone.
The original Reddit post has reached over 4000 responses as it continues to detail the progress of a custom-made iPhone 6s case modified for the iPhone 7. The case was originally an attachment to extend the battery life of the iPhone 6s, but the user has added an additional Lightning port and the much-beloved 3.5 mm audio jack alongside the bottom edge of the case where it will connect to the existing iPhone Lightning port. The drawback, of course, is that the case will add length to the smartphone, though the concept should prove popular for those intending to purchase a protective case for the iPhone 7 anyway.
The demand for a standard 3.5 mm audio jack may be strong enough that mass manufactured third-party solutions similar to this custom-made case could eventually become available for purchase. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus launched worldwide across major markets on September 16th for a starting price of $649 USD and $769 USD, respectively. Though Apple has been receiving its fair share of criticisms, Samsung is arguably having an even worse PR season.