Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

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Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by admin » Wed May 08, 2019 3:58 pm

I added this to the FAQ, but I thought I'd mention it here as well. I've had some questions about the newer iPhones without headphone jacks, which make it challenging to use USB MIDI and headphones at the same time. I've been told that this external USB hub/audio interface works well, and it is reasonably priced:

https://www.amazon.com/UGREEN-External- ... xPDs1ocZ9Y

You still need the Apple Camera Connection kit in addition to this, but it gives you a headphone jack as well as a charging port that you can power with a micro USB charger.

Another option is the Apple iPhone Lightning Dock, which also adds a headphone output:

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MNN6 ... dock-black

Again, you would still need the Apple Camera Connection kit.

FWIW, this Belkin adapter apparently does NOT work for USB MIDI, though Belkin claims that it supports syncing:

https://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F8J212/

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Re: Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by Shiftif62 » Wed May 15, 2019 3:58 am

Can confirm that the UGREEN works with my iphone 8. Also for the Apple Camera Connection Kit, I would recommend getting the official one regardless of price. I bought a cheap adapter only to find out it didn’t work. Not worth the hassle in my opinion.

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Re: Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by admin » Wed May 15, 2019 4:23 am

Okay, thanks! I had another report today that a non-Apple connection kit didn’t work.

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Re: Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by ubizmo » Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:16 am

I take it this hub would also work with Android devices that lack a headphone jack, if you use a USB OTG adapter to go from device to hub. I've ordered a WARBL but don't expect delivery for a few more weeks. In the meantime, I'm trying to get familiar with what I'll need.

I have an AOMAIS GO Bluetooth speaker that works well with aux input, with no discernible lag, tested with aerophone GO, now sold. Before selling the Aerophone, I also tested the FluidSynth app on my OnePlus 6T, and the result was very encouraging. But the OnePlus also lacks a headphone jack, so I'll need this additional gadget, at least until I finally break down and get an iPad mini or something.

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Re: Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by 2Dog » Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:49 pm

I am finding that the ipad mini hits the sweet spot for form factor and functionality with the WARBL. I keep all my old i gadgets and just use them for music apps. If you get a used one make sure it has plenty of memory (128g is plenty) I keep all my sheet music, audio files and music apps on it. In other situations where I need to read sheet music I use the ipad pro 12.9. The newer ipad pro ditched the audio out but you can still use the adapter if you keep it fully charged before using it. I put it in airplane mode to help with battery drain.

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Re: Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by admin » Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:33 pm

I see that in the Q & A for that USB hub/sound card someone asked whether it is compatible with Android, and the answer was that it is not. I don’t know why, and maybe it works with some devices and not others, I’m not sure. There may also be other hubs that do work, but I’m afraid I don’t know where to direct you. I didn’t realize that there are Android devices without headphones too— it’s an unfortunate trend.

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Re: Getting sound out of iPhones without headphone jacks

Post by ubizmo » Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:42 am

Good catch. Yes, the trend away from headphone jacks is regrettable. Thanks for posting that.

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