Start-up creates iPhone 7 analog headphone adapter, charger

The ILDOCK Plus also offers SD card slots and USB port

There were plenty of complaints in the mainstream media and the blogosphere when Apple announced its iPhone 7 ships without an analog headphone jack.

The idea of forcing users to toss their older headphones to use Apple's new Lightning port-enabled ear buds or buy its soon-to-be-released $159 wireless AirPods created a visceral reaction in consumer circles. Industry pundits also speculated that third-party adapters allowing analog headphones to connect to the iPhone would soon follow... and so they have.

Los Angeles start-up ildockgear has created a Lightning adapter that allows iPhone 7 users to charge their device and listen to music over analog headphones at the same time. The device is about the size of a U.S. quarter.

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The ILDOCK with its headphone jack and Lightning charging port.

The company began a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter three days ago for its ILDOCK, and it has already garnered more than $20,000, four times its original goal.

In addition to the basic ILDOCK adapter, which contains a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Lightning charging port, the company has also produced an ILDOCK Plus, which adds an SD card slot, a microSD slot and USB ports.

Users can connect up to a 128GB flash card with ILDOCK Plus or connect to any size USB drives, the company states in its marketing material.

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The ILDOCK Plus's ports include an SD slot, a microSD slot and a USB port, along with the Lightning and analog headphone jack ports.

Early-bird backers can reserve an ILDOCK for a pledge of $5 and currently can get two ILDOCK Plus adapters for $18. (A $15 single ILDOCK Plus offer has already sold out.)

The ILDOCK and ILDOCK plus come in four iPhone 7-mimicking colors: Silver, gold, rose gold and "space" gray.

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The ILDOCK's various colors.

In addition to compatibility with the headphone jackless iPhone 7, the ILDOCK also works with any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning port.

The ILDOCKs are expected to begin shipping in November.

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