Last year, just after the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without the headphone jack, Belkin launched the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter to bring back the lost functionality of the 3.5mm audio jack. Last year’s Charge RockStar comes with two Lightning ports which essentially will allow you to use the Lightning EarPods and the Lightning cable for charging, at the same time. However, if you wanted to plug in a 3.5mm accessory, you were still out of luck, and had to introduce another accessory to make it happen. In a bid to ease the pain of all the 3.5mm audio jack lovers, Belkin has now launched the 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar that allows users to simultaneously charge their iPhone and listen to music using 3.5mm headphone jack devices.
The Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar comes with one Lightning port and one 3.5mm audio jack for the user to charge and use their 3.5mm audio accessory at the same time. The accessory is compatible with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus devices.
This adapter also allows for data syncing through the Lightning connector as well as microphone and remote control on the headphone jack (only for MFI certified headsets). The adapter is compatible with headphones, speakers, auxiliary cables, and other devices with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it also supports syncing to transfer music and photos to and from MacBook.
Marco Peters, vice president of product management, Belkin, said in a statement, “We’re excited to offer yet another way for iPhone owners to simultaneously charge and listen to audio using the headphones that they know and love. We listened to consumers who wanted a reliable way to use their existing headphones, and we took learnings from last year’s Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar to deliver what people asked for and more.”
The Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar is available on Apple and Belkin website, and in Apple Stores for $34.99 (roughly Rs. 2,200). With this, users now have an option to choose between the Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar or the Belkin Audio + Charge RockStar depending on their preferences. The former was launched in India in February this year, and is priced at Rs. 4,999.