Well, that didn’t take long. Technically, just 21 days since Apple formally took the wraps off the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and less than two weeks from the point of commercial deployment. Of course, we’ve known about Cupertino’s controversial headphone jack-killing move for many months, and so did third-party accessory makers.
A not-so-famous one, dubbed Actual Innovation, and labeled as a “group of hardware aficionados located across the globe” on Indiegogo, managed to very quickly put together the world’s first iPhone 7 case with a conveniently integrated Lightning to 3.5mm audio jack adapter.
The Fuze has already raised nearly $17K of its $60,000 flexible crowd-funding goal at the time of this writing, promising to ship to early adopters in December and, well, “bring back the jack”. More importantly, “literally save lives”, and help iFans once again “rock out” with their “aux out.”
Yes, really, that’s how this obscure product is advertised on both Indiegogo and YouTube, including a video… commercial coming off as bizarre and cringey rather than snarky and humorous. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Fuze case ultimately revealed as an elaborated prank and hoax, though if it’s legit, at least it beats manually drilling a headphone jack into the iPhone 7.
Priced at $60 for early bird buyers, and $70 once those limited stocks are claimed, the thing also vows to protect your handheld from drops and scratches, adding 8 hours of battery life to either the 7 or 7 Plus with 2,400 and 3,800 mAh juice respectively.