Apple may have killed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but a new, sleek case is trying to bring it back.
“What people put into their own ear holes 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,” Diego Prince, a hardware developer from Austin, Texas, said in a video announcing the cases, which would be made for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
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 for the case is already getting plenty of positive feedback on Product Hunt, a site frequented by techies looking for the latest gadgets and software.
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.
Still, it’s an interesting concept that frustrated Apple fans may get behind.
“We do have an incredibly tight deadline,” Prince told Business Insider, though he said he is confident that he can deliver the cases on schedule.