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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 14093 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Adapters as far as the ears can hear...

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    jondle
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    Once upon a time I routinely used an iPod Shuffle - 3rd Generation - during my workout routine. This was one of the more peculiar Apple devices as it was smaller than a Bic mini lighter and had no external controls. There was option other than to use the included earbuds to affect Play/Stop etc. As most can attest, Apple earbuds back then were not designed to remain in place during anything but the most modest of activity. This necessitated the use of (comfortable) after-market ear buds. No big deal, but of course it required a very specific 3.5mm Headphone Adapter in order to affect control of your playlist. Sigh. I’ve long since lost count of how many of those adapters I went through - probably could have purchased a better iPod for the amount invested in them - and I’m certain I eventually arrived at that conclusion. The price of being an Apple Fanboi sometimes eludes me… As I recently misplaced my BeatsX Wireless In-Ear Headphones I resorted to a pair of wired Sennheiser earbuds (love Sennheiser!) Subsequently I traded up to an 2018 iPhone XR (love it), but having come full circle I am again presented with the need for a special adapter. Sigh. That said: this adapter works as anticipated and appears to be robust enough for routine usage. And I bought a pair of of PowerBeats3 Wireless for the workout routine.

    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

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    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

    Must Have for Audiophile and Casual listening

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Open Box Item failed

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    Richard
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    This adapter is needed to use 3.5mm headphones with new iPhone. It is very inexpensive about $10 but I decided to be cheap and save $1 by buying an open box item. Store rep said that buyer probably bought wrong adapter. So I got open box item, but when I tried it, it did not work. I returned it with ease, and got a brand new one which worked as designed. My only issue was that a defective/broken item was put back on the shelves apparently without testing. This caused me to make a second trip to store. Best Buy cannot retest everything that is returned and thus the lower prices for open box. But buyer beware when purchasing open box items especially something more complex that may take awhile to verify all functionality. My adapter had just one function - to play audio. Either it worked or did not work. It was immediately obvious it’s status the first time I tried it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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

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    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: 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: 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

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Always Have a Spare!

    Posted
    Thomas
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    This is a small adaptor to connect my iPhone 8+ to my beats headphones, which are not wireless. That iPhone 8+ does not have a regular headphone port, so one has to use the lightning port instead -- and so an adaptor is necessary. This adaptor critter is easy to lose since it's only a couple of inches long. Also, I go jogging with my beats headphones connected this way, and my iPhone rides along in my pocket. So the connector itself also gets a hither and yon workout that way. It is a delicate part as far as I can tell, so I don't expect it to last forever under these conditions. I bought the spare adaptor to replace a lost/broken part just in case. I consider it well worth the $10 for peace of mind, and I know exactly where it's stored.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It just works

    Posted
    cappy
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    Pricing (for Apple) wasn't outrageous. I knew my "new" iphone 8 took a wired headset - that's why I opted for that vs X (etc) I have my fav earphones... what I didn't realize until I was on a plane to Florida was that there was no mini-jack... you needed an adapter. I never ever open the supplied headphones and didn't even think to check. So upon arriving in Clearwater I knew there was a BestBuy on the way to my destination and it was relatively easy to find... used it on my 90 minutes DELAYED flight back home... works fine, seamless. just need to remember to pack it with my earphones... it's probably only a 3" adapter, so fits neatly into the earphone pouch. no complaints

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Because, Courage

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    lawnarjax
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    So my wife broke the original dongle that came with her courage phone, and after buying and returning a non courage adapter we were faced with the reality that courage does not play well with others and you must buy courage stuff for your phone if you dont want a error message popping up every 10 seconds. Thanks be to tim cook I found a open box adapter that costs just slightly less than an actual on board headphone jack, and I bought it with best buy points so it cost me nothing, which is ironic because its the same amount of courage it took to remove a basic function from an otherwise perfectly good piece of hardware and replace it with a super durable adapter. Man what was I reviewing again...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Necessary evil

    Posted
    JaWa
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    While some may complain about having to use an adapter and the exclusion of the mini jack port on current iPhone models, I only want to say that, as a necessary part of the iPhone experience, THIS is the adapter you want. I've tried third party, cheaper and more expensive, and none "just worked". Some controls were not available with the knockoffs or "this accessory is not made for this device" errors occurred before the adapter wouldn't work. As such, and since the prices aren't much different anyways, get the official Apple branded adapter. It works. I keep one of these on a pair of wired headphones I use at home, travel with the included Apple EarPods AND keep an adapter in my bag in case I need to use a set of phones on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's okay

    Posted
    WakandaWarrior
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    I almost didn't buy this based on the reviews. I had bought a pair of a knock-off brand and had some of the same issues mentioned in some of the 1-star reviews attached to this item, but then I bought 2 orders of this item and they are definitely Apple brand. They come in authentic Apple packaging and work just like the one that came with my iPhone 7. Personally, I miss the Auxiliary jack and I had my fit when Apple took it away with the iPhone 7, but it is what it is and now I need these little "extras". At least this one actually works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slight Yet Significantly Sweet Sounds-Securing

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    BestBuyBestBuyer
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    Just a little implement to get and keep the tunes moving, but the price is right; and, the accompanying Apple product production quality seems, to date, flawless. Proffered via standard Best Buy customer service, this seemingly super-finite gizmo-doohickey, in and throughout all it’s Cupertino cool-white wizardry techtool class, truly-really brings my every sweet-wicked whizzed-warble right humm-hymn beatssteady to shrill-succulent soundsagainlife. That beneficial; this very good. (The little accompany booklet is, also, quite notably fact-fashionable, and, no less, singularly user-friendly, too.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you need it...

    Posted
    Bondo
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    It is a shame that manufacturers are going away from headphone jacks, but it is the way they all seem to be going in an effort to get the slimmest device. If you are willing to go bluetooth exclusively, then this adapter is not necessary. However, if you have a great set of headphones that you still want to use (like the shure se530's) then you need this. It is a shame that you can charge your device or listen to the headphones, but not both with this little adapter. Ultimately I recommend it if you still need (or want) to connect your wired headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not a fan of Apple's decision...

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    Iggnyte
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    Not a fan of Apple's decision to remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack, but I'm getting used to it. This adapter is essential if you purchase an iPhone 7, which does come with one. And having a second adapter is advisable. I have an older vehicle which only has an input jack with no Bluetooth. This adapter is the fix for that, and I can tell that the audio is better quality when using lightning port connected earbuds. The other issue I had was I find myself often charging my phone while I am listening with earbuds, but there's a fix for that, too. Belkin makes a splitter that gives you two lightening ports which you can use to charge and listen -- with this included adapter, of course. I will get used to this... Search for "Belkin MFI Lightning Audio + Charge"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lightning to 3.5mm adapter

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    Jeff
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    So everyone kept talking about how they would be worried about LOSING their adapter, but sadly I broke mine. my phone fell from my lap straight down top to bottom with the lightning port facing the floor. The end of the cable that goes into the port snapped, making my cable useless lol. NOW, not having this adapter is utter doo doo especially when you listen to music/podcasts to keep yourself sane at work. I went 3 hours without my headphones and it sucked, luckily best buy is down the corner and I bought one during lunch. I recommend stocking up, this is not riff on bestbuy, but i would buy adapters from ebay. It'll cost less than $5 shipped for a legit one. Lesson learned, don't lose/break this if you are an avid headphone user, you will be sad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    You don't actually need this

    Posted
    MadisonDoe
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    When I purchased my IPhone XR, I was told that this piece was essential if I wanted to use headphones at all. However, I wish I had not purchased it. It is such a small piece it is impossible to keep track of. Additionally, the headphones the IPhones now come with are already adapted. If you don't like apple headphones, you can buy other brands of pre-adapted headphones or wireless headphones. The only reason this would be a useful piece is if you wanted to buy a pair of cheap headphones and use those, but after buying this piece + the cheap headphones the price wouldn't even be worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend