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Apple - Lightning-to-3.5mm Headphone Adapter - White

This Apple® MD821ZM/A Lightning-to-USB adapter lets you connect devices that use a 3.5 mm audio plug to your Lightning devices.
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    • Apple Lightning-to-3.5mm Headphone Adapter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8538 out of 8807)

    Features


    Compatible with most devices

    Works with all devices that have a Lightning connector and support iOS 10 or later, including iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone.

    Lightning connector

    Provides a simple connection.

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 8808 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Must Have for Audiophile and Casual listening

      Posted
      TerenceR63
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      Firstly, I don't do wireless when I'm listening to music. For the phone application, a wireless earpiece is a must. Music is a totally different beast altogether. Apple uses Cirrus Logic DAC's, some of the best in the industry, proven by better ears than mine, but with the removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack, this least expensive Apple accessory offered is an obvious must-have for the Audio Connoisseur. To access the audio stream as cleanly as possible wired is the preferred method and this little baby does just that best at this price point. You can spend more money and gain some more detailed imaging, but there comes a point called, diminishing returns. More money spent, not much more audio actually gained. Most of my audio files are not DSD, but FLAC, MP3 etc... So for $10.00, Deal, count me in. Until wireless can match wired, not likely, it's the dongle life for me. I have NO problem with that. As long as Apple keeps using High-Quality DAC's, I'll keep buying iPhones that play Hi-Res, DSD, Flac, Hi Freq on Tune-In etc...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Always nice to have a spare

      Posted
      Caffeinator2
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      When I upgraded to the new iPhone model, which has left behind the traditional 3.5 mm earphone jack to free up space inside, I was glad to see that Apple had the courtesy to include a lighting-3.5 mm adaptor as part of the accessories for those of us who prefer earbuds with a little more oomph than the included earPods (which now will connect directly via the lightning port) can provide. There was one little convenience issue, in that my car's stereo system pre-dates blue-tooth connectivity or USB cables being a standard feature, so I had to rely on a 3.5 mm stereo cable to connect my phone to the car's audio. This could still be accomplished using the adaptor, but it was kind of a pain to be frequently unhooking it from my earbuds and plugging it into the cable in my car, or vice versa. And, of course, in the first couple of weeks following the iPhone 7's release, no one--including the local Apple store--was stocking spare adaptors. So when I saw that Best Buy starting carrying them, I immediately went to pick one up. It also helped that they're about a dollar cheaper there, compared to buying directly from Apple. Since I'm looking at possibly getting a newer vehicle, with bluetooth and/or USB connectivity, I most likely won't need to have 2 of these adaptors, but it's always nice to have a spare.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      No Comment on Apple Policy just a product review

      Posted
      LittleAVGuy
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      I am now on my third lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter since getting my phone in the spring. That's not good. The adapter is capable of doing exactly what it says on the package and turns the lightning connector into a 3.5mm jack. I wish I didn't need it, but for reasons I won't get into, I do. The construction of the dongle is so flimsy that the short wire between the lightning connector and the headphone jack is incredibly easy to pinch or break. These have broken under what I would professionally regard as "normal" usage, not getting wires caught in exercise machines. This is probably the last one I will buy, even with my continued need for a 3.5mm output for my phone, as other manufacturers and retailers are now producing much better quality adapters. They may cost a little more, but even at the low price $10 a piece for the Apple OEM dongle it adds up when you have to keep replacing failed equipment. I have given 2 stars because the dongle DOES work exactly as advertised...until it breaks.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this product!

      Posted
      Mycroft
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      This product is absolutely amazing. I wasn’t sure how to use it at first, so I was happy to see that there were very descriptive instructions enclosed in the package. The small white box opened easily. I didn’t need to use any other tools, just my hands. The cable is held in place by two heavy weight paper tabs. It may look confusing at first, but if you lift either end of the cable the tabs will give way and the cable will then be free from all packaging. The directions suggest that you put the lightning connection end of the cable into the lightning connection on your iPhone. I found this to work well. Once the cable is connected to your iPhone you can use your old style headphones while listening to music, talking on the phone, or playing games. I was so happy to see that Best Buy carries this product. It didn’t take long for me to locate the product in the store or to make my purchase. It was a wonderful experience. I know now that I will look to Best Buy for all of my gadgetry needs!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Used to Connect iPhone 7 (and later) to 3.5mm Jack

      Posted
      Adedamola
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      This adapter is used to connect any Apple Device with a Lightning Port to a 3.5mm (AUX) jack. However, its most important (and presumably most common) use is to connect iPhone 7 (and later) models to a 3.5mm cable AUX input since these phones lack a standard 3.5mm cable input. I grabbed one for use in my car so that my friends with newer iPhones can play their music when they ride with me. It works and it's a cheap adapter so I'm happy. One thing I really don't like is that Apple chooses to use really poor quality materials to build their cables and all in the name of making a product look aesthetically pleasing. I can tell I'll have to baby this cable if I don't want it to break. That being said, the adapter costs almost nothing so maybe it would be a good idea to stockpile a few for some unforeseen circumstances.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You'll want to pick up a spare (or more)

      Posted
      RonM
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      If you buy a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, you get one of these in the box. But, inevitably you'll leave it at home when you need it at work, etc. For those that aren't aware, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have a headphone jack so you absolutely need to use one of these if you want to use wired headphones with a 3.5mm (1/8" inch) connector. It does work with any other iOS device running iOS 10 or newer. Again, if you are running an older version of iOS (such as iOS 9), this will NOT work until you update to iOS 10. The adapter itself is fairly small and lightweight. It has a 1.5 inch cable between the two connectors which probably helps avoid putting strain on the Lightning jack. For once, I think Apple priced this reasonable (for Apple standards) at $8.99.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It just works

      Posted
      Boxx
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      Apple’s “executive decision” forced me to embrace Bluetooth or switch to Android, and I opted to remove the wires from my world. Which of course added more wires, because everything needs a charging cable and now I need an additional wire for those times my Bluetooth headphones run out of battery and I still want to pleasure my ears. This dainty dongle does the deed. While it feels fragile, I have had one for over a year now with no signs of wear. They are amazingly easy to keep track of, so I can only assume the elves that steal your socks use android, or you would be left with a drawer full of right socks and useless headphones. Four stars, because you really have to buy multiple unless you get a custom built wallet with a headphone adapter slot.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A requirement for any new iPhone

      Posted
      BrandonDW
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      If you use headphones often I would recommend purchasing a few of these. Not because they’re easy to lose, but because they don’t last long if you’re an avid headphone user. From jogging and using headphones at work the part where the cable and lighting adapter meet became damaged with in 2 months. It would still work usually, although if you move the wrong way or tap it just right it will either bring up voice control, Siri, fast forward podcasts, skip podcast episodes, skip songs, or just cut out all together while still playing music or podcasts. Sure, these things are basically mandatory when owning any iPhone after they’ve got rid of the AUX input. But, Apple could have done a better job making these. Luckily, they’re not expensive. Buy at least 2 whenever you need to buy one.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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