Reviewing Apple's WORST reviewed product - The Apple Headphone Jack adapter - Well, a fake! An in-depth comparison between the authentic and replica
* Apple's WORST reviewed product, in the last couple of years 2017-2019. Not worst ever! *
Apple, Huawei and Samsung, just to name a few, have removed the headphone port on their phones in the last couple of years. The move to remove the headphone port allows the phone manufacturers and developers to create a thinner, lighter phone. Believe it or not, but apparently according to Apple, moving the headphone jack allows space for more development in the same size range.
Apple were one of the first in the phone market to remove the headphone port on their iPhone 7 model and it took ‘courage’ to remove it, at least that’s what Apple said when they showcased the iPhone 7 and 7 plus at WWDC event. Apple were given a lot of bad criticism and many of the consumers weren’t happy with the move, at least I’d say so. Apple provide a headphone adapter with the iPhone purchased, which connects to the lightning port (charging port). There’s only one problem with the connector; it fits into the charging port, which means without an extra third-party adapter you can’t charge your phone and/or listen to music at the same time! * Via wired headphones*
So Apple provide the adapter, what’s wrong with that? Why are you complaining? Well, when purchasing a second hand used phone, most sellers decide to keep the adapter for their next iPhone and sell the brand new adapter with their new iPhone, for a price of around £10. Therefore, if you don’t receive the adapter, you’ll have to buy one from Apple for an additional £9.99 (as of 2019). Of course it’s frustrating having to buy something that should have come with the phone, so some of us look for cheaper alternatives from third-parties; when we can’t find any third-party adapters, we look for so called ‘Genuine’ adapters for cheaper prices from private sellers, so I’d thought I would give it a try, why not?
I purchased a ‘genuine’ Apple adapter from a private Ebay seller, who happens to sell plenty of these and has a high seller feedback rating, surprising right? I mean all those adapters they sell are all FAKE, yet they have such a good seller feedback. Well the seller gets away with selling these non-genuine adapters, as most people can’t tell the difference between a non-genuine and genuine product.
Looking at the packaging the box looks genuine with all of the indicators, such as the Apple logo, Made in Vietnam, Designed in California; I’m pretty sure that the box is genuine, it’s the contents inside which are fake! The seller uses a real box, to deceive buyers into thinking that it’s real, it’s when you open up the box, you find out it’s fake.
INDICATORS TO TELL IF IT’S A FAKE – FROM ASTHETICS
This may seem obvious to some, but it’s the mistake that the majority of people miss out for. Always check for the seal tab at the top, if there’s no tab and you can simply open the box, it’s most likely that the box has been used or tampered with. That’s the first indicator that gave it away.
The packaging inside
The aesthetics on the outside look pleasing, but on the inside it’s another story. The sellers tried to replicate the packaging that Apple provide, but instead did a TERRIBLE job of doing so. Firstly, Apple NEVER EVER wrap their products with this blue tape. NEVER. Secondly, the headphones were taped to a cardboard piece, once again APPLE never use tape to hold things down, instead they fold loose cables into flaps etc.
The headphones were taped on wonkily
Apple don’t package their products on a lopsided angle, as shown below.
Quality and feel
Cheap feeling, flimsy cables. If it feels cheap it’s probably fake, this doesn’t always work, but it works most of the time!
HOW TO TELL IT’S FAKE, FROM SOFTWARE
I was provided with a small instruction guide from the seller, nice right. No! The manual told me that I had to connect to Bluetooth in order for the adapter to work. Hmmm. This is an important indicator as it shows that the manufacturers couldn’t crack the way in which Apple manage to connect their adapters, and it’s certainly not via Bluetooth.
Connectivity via Bluetooth.
A device as such, should not have to connect via Bluetooth, it should (if genuine) connect instantly, when inputted into the device.
The Bluetooth name assigned to this headphone adapter was the most ridiculous, least innovative name that Apple could have given this adapter. The name assigned was ‘Lightning’, and by lightning it’s referring to the connection type, the port type.
Weird noises after connecting
After connecting to Bluetooth, your iPhone bleeps. How strange! Yes literally the iPhone sends an annoying bleeping sound, to indicate connectivity. We usually only see this in third-party non-genuine products.
The volume interface – Moving the slider up and down
When plugging in a pair of genuine headphones whether it be Apple or a genuine well reputable third-party company, they always provide indicators, to warn you of how loud the volume your listening to is. Why is this significant? Those indicators tell the user how loud the audio they’re listening to is. Yellow indicates above the maximum volume of the iPhone without headphones, and red indicates its high volume and probably too loud!
However on the fake that I reviewed, there was no indicator whatsoever and it’s dangerous, as some users may not realise how loud the audio they’re listening to is! Safety hazard!
What went well – (Why is this a thing!?)
It outputted the audio quality, somehow better than without the adapter. Not sure how that worked, but at least the device doesn’t output poor audio quality.
The lightning cable actually fits into the phone port.
A lot of fake products have loose connections than their real competitor does. This adapter fitted into the port perfectly, as seamless as the genuine iPhone charger I have. Most replicas lack the right dimensions and have loose fittings. The fake headphone adapter’s lightning cable, actually had more precise dimensions than my genuine third-party Griffit charger.
The Bluetooth connectivity was pretty quick!
Sometimes with fakes, the Bluetooth connectivity takes a while, with this product the connectivity was complete within around 2 seconds.
Would I still buy it?
No, they come at a price of around £7 (despite being fake) and the genuine adapters from Apple come at around £9.00. With the Apple adapter, Bluetooth connectivity isn’t required, the annoying sound doesn’t pop up and it provides a volume indicator. Despite the device outputting a connection, rather than inputting a connection (like a charger does), there’s still a risk of the adaptor damaging your phone, as it doesn’t comply with the regulations, at least I think so.
What about the packaging and durability?
Well the packaging, is as what was stated as previous. However the durability of the iPhone adapter isn’t great, at least that’s what the 130 (1 star) reviews told me. This adaptor is arguably one of Apple’s worst rated products on their website (current). Here are some of the reviews taken from the Apple website:
Reviews from the Official Apple Website
“The loss of the 3.5mm jack is infuriating for me. I use good quality headphones and I have to rely on a very cheap and poorly made connector. I've had the iPhone a week and the lead is knackered already. Good luck trying to find a top quality replacement.” – 2 Stars
Cheaply made, over priced rubbish
“Greatly reduced the performance of a decent pair of headphone.” – 1 star
Low quality and overpriced
“Sure I got mine free with my iPhone 7, but the quality is appalling. Had it for a few weeks and it has already started shredding around the sides.” – 1 star
“Only gave one star because it’s impossible to give less, randomly stopped working after 3 months, do not recommend, avoid like fire.” – 1 star
“Quality of this adaptor is just reprehensible. I've already had 4 of them this year - all of them were getting broken after 2-3 months. Will NEVER buy again this adapter from apple.”
“Need to get my anger and frustration of this horrible product out. I have had my iPhone 7 for under 2 years and in that time I have had to buy at least 9 of these to replace the other ones breaking. I haven't even lost one, they all just broke. At £9 each that is £81 spent on terrible headphone adapters. ”
My response to the reviews:
Wow. Surely it’s cheaper just to buy a pair of £36 or £81 wireless headphones. Right?
How can we resolve the whole fake versus Apple problem?
Both have cheap quality and come at quite a hefty price as an additional accessory that wasn’t necessary a couple of years ago. So why not buy a pair of wireless headphones, if you encounter issues and are thinking of buying a second or third one. Wireless headphones come at reasonable prices, some starting from £13 onwards.
If you already have expensive wired headphones, then it’s probably best to find a third-party adaptor that’s more durable. Good luck with finding a third-party adapter, I’ve only seen one!
So what do you think about the whole situation? Is it worth keeping the fake? Is it worth buying a new one?
I chose to use an IPhone 7 and IPhone 6 to compare between the two .
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