The decision by Apple to remove the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been a PR nightmare for the company, as most users did not expect the headphone jack to be replaced by a Lightning port in the company's latest smartphones.
Apparently, some users who are missing the headphone jack too much even fell victim to a prank video that claimed there is a hidden headphone jack in the iPhone 7. The video said that the port can be accessed by drilling into the smartphone, which is of course not true.
A new case for the iPhone 7 that has showed up on crowdfunding page Indiegogo, however, is legitimately looking to bring back the headphone jack on the smartphone, with no drills or other hand tools necessary.
Named the Fuze Case, the accessory for the iPhone 7 integrates the adapter dongle that Apple has included with every purchase of the smartphone into the case. The result is a restored headphone jack on the iPhone 7, while also still allowing access to the Lightning port of the device.
The Indiegogo page of the Fuze Case criticizes Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack anew, especially with the company's new AirPod wireless earbuds being bad, expensive and easy to lose. In addition, the AirPods require charging every five hours, a problem that is not present in regular headphones.
Bringing back the headphone jack, however, is not the only thing that the Fuze Case is capable of. In addition to providing protection to the iPhone 7, as all smartphone cases should do, the Fuze Case also has a built-in 2,400 mAh battery for the iPhone 7 version and a 3,600 mAh battery for the iPhone 7 Plus version.
According to Fuze Case cofounder Diego Prince, the battery pack will provide the smartphone with an additional eight hours of charge, with the possibility for users to charge up both their iPhone 7 and the Fuze Case at the same time.
Despite the addition of a headphone jack and the battery pack, the Fuze Case is said to also be able to retain the slim form of the iPhone 7, as it adds only 15 millimeters to the thickness of the smartphone.
For interested iPhone 7 owners, Super Early Bird backers will be able to acquire the Fuze Case for only $49. The offer is only available to the first 200 people who pledge support though, with the planned full retail price of the case to be at $69.
If all goes well for the project and it is able to raise its goal of $60,000, the Fuze Case should arrive to backers before Dec. 23.