Griffin's $20 device retrofits headphones with Bluetooth

Griffin Technology

Griffin Technology

Although no official announcement has been made about Apple doing away with the headphone jack, Griffin has chose to begin offering an accessory created to make the potential transition less painful.

In a thinly veiled reference to the Apple rumors, Griffin manager Andrew Biddle said in a statement that the "iTrip Clip ensures users can continue using their favorite 3.5mm headphones, with no worries about if their new smartphone eliminated the headphone jack". You plug your traditional wired headphones in one end, then connect the Clip to a smart device over Bluetooth 4.1.

Even if you don't own corded headphones, the iTrip Clip has another surprising functionality. It's got a wireless range of 30 feet and a battery that should last six hours on a charge.

It also comes built-in with play, track and volume controls, essentially retrofitting a standard headset into a wireless one. The device works with iOS and Android, allowing the user to wirelessly interact with Siri, Google Now, and other voice recognition apps like Microsoft's Cortana.

Available late September, we can see this being a hit with those not yet ready to upgrade their headphones, but looking to ditch that wired connection.

Without mentioning the iPhone 7 directly, Griffin's website does a good job of teasing the product for those who have already bought into the rumors: "No headphone jack?" But if you want to hold onto your old headphones, Griffin's device might turn out to be an affordable way to do it.

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