Diego Prince, a hardware developer from Austin, Texas has made a case which fits around the iPhone and provides it with the much needed headphone jack.
Controversially he said that Apple fanboys should have a choice what they put into their own ear holes.
“It is a very personal choice, and it's a choice we should all get the chance to make — not one that should be made for us,” he said. Odd really we thought that people only bought Apple gear if they felt that a technology choice was too much for them and they wanted to outsource it to a big multi-national company which would get rich on the back of their ignorance.
Prince and his cofounder Troy Osinoff just launched an Indiegogo campaign, saying they plan to ship in December if the campaign reaches its goal. "Early Bird" backers can reserve one case for $49 plus shipping.
According to the campaign site, the Fuze takes the adapter dongle that Apple included with the iPhone 7 and builds it directly into the case, restoring the 3.5 mm headphone jack. It also has an extended battery pack and, as most cases should, protects the phone from damage if it's dropped.
The battery pack would provide about extra eight hours of power, according to Prince.
The idea is getting cheered by fan-boys so it might actually have legs.
Prince is trying to raise $60,000 in the next month for Fuze, which he says will be spent on prototyping, testing, and shipping, with the goal of getting it to backers around Christmastime. But as with any crowdfunding effort, there are risks involved — namely that Fuze wouldn't ship by its expected date, or at all.