These built-in dongle headphones are the horrifying end to removing the headphone jack

I suppose it was always going to come to this. As soon as Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from its phones, it was inevitable that someone would eventually create this chimerical monster. But it doesn’t make it any more enjoyable to see in real life: a pair of Lightning headphones with a second, integrated Lightning dongle for charging the phone while listening to music, as seen on Engadget Japan.

This is the world that Apple has created, one with the Cheero Earphones with Charging Dock. They cost 2,980 yen (around $28), and claim to be MFi-approved, which would make it one of the few third-party Lightning charging dongles around.

Tracing your eyes along this hybrid horror is almost like an optical illusion: one…

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Author: Chaim Gartenberg

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