Now you can finally connect your trusty Bose headphones to your brand new iPhone 11! or iPad Pro
No, Bose has not released a pair of lightning cable headphones. Yes, this is surprising, especially seeing how the Bose 700 redesigned flagship model JUST came out, but alas, all that comes with the headphones is a standard 3.5mm audio jack.. which is pretty much worthless with most smartphones today..
Fortunately there are a variety of 3rd party companies making 2.5mm-to-lightning and 2.5mm-to-USB-C replacement cables you can use with popular Bose headphone models.
Bose-to-Lightning Cables Finally Arrive
Bose, one of the titans of the consumer grade hifi headphone industry, made world famous by business class travelers and their amazingly effective QuietComfort headphones.
Bose has built a solid reputation for itself making some the best active noise cancelling headphones that can be picked up everywhere from Target to Amazon to your local international airport.
We’ve covered what we think to be some of the best sound cancelling ear buds before and we’ve also talked about great high end Lightning connected over-ear headphones, but what we haven’t talked about are over-ear, noise cancelling, Lightning cable headphones. Until now.
No, Bose hasn’t begun manufacturing headsets with built in Lightning cables to work with the masses of new happy iPhone 7, 8, XS, XMax, XR, and iPhone 11 owners.
We wouldn’t be surprised if this happens, as there are a whole multitude of advantages of Lighting audio over analog and Bluetooth.
In the meantime, a third party manufacturer has stepped up to the plate and made a replacement Bose headphone cable that has a Lightning connected tip.
- Problem solved - with Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone X, 8/8 Plus, 7/7 Plus, This adapter allows you to connect your iPhone to your favorite devices with a 3. 5mm aux-in...
- Enhanced audio quality - Direct connection from lightning to USB delivers outstanding quality without any manipulation of the audio signal.
- Controls at your fingertips - integrated control buttons allow you to play, pause, track forward, track back and adjust volume without unlocking your iPhone.
This cord is made specifically to work with Bose headsets, with one end connecting to the headset itself via 2.5mm plug, and the other end connecting to your iPhone XS or 11, iPad Pro or iPod via Lightning connector.
|Scosche Strikeline Cable||Unspecified/ All 3.5mm Input Devices|
|New Neomusicia Cable||Sennheiser HD 598 Cs|
Audio Technica ATH-M50x
Audio Technica ATH-M40x
Audio Technica ATH-M70x
|Shure Remote + Mic Lightning Cable||Shure SE215|
|Ablet Lightning Cable||Bose QuietComfort 25|
Bose QuietComfort 35
Bose QuietComfort OE2
|Audeze Cipher Cable||Audeze Sine|
Audeze EL-8 Titanium
Audeze iSine 20
Audeze iSine 10
The adapter cord, called “Strikeline”, made by electronics giant Scosche, has all the functions you’d expect out of a Lightning-enabled Bose headset.
Seamless “Stock Looking” Connecting
The Strikeline looks very nice. It’s all black, minimally branded, and looks like it came with the Bose headphones they’re designed to work with.
In-line Controls and Microphone
It wouldn’t be a real “upgrade” if you had to sacrifice the ability to adjust volume and answer calls when switching to Lightning.
Scosche made sure to integrate a very subtle control so you can take full advantage of Siri on your iPhone 7 or iPad when using your Bose headphones.
Dedicated Sound Adjustment App
Overall, the Strikeline is pretty dope and a solid solution for anyone trying to figure out how to use their headphones with their new Apple product.. or for people who just don’t like dongles and think Airpods are dumb, which is most of us.
You can grab your own Strikeline upgrade straight off Amazon, and presumably, from a local electronics retailer near you soon.
If we had to give it a star-based review we’d rate it the following:
- Practical reason to help "ditch the dongle"? - 100%100%
- Build quality? - 85%85%
- Engineering? - 80%80%
- Reasonable price point? - 80%80%
- Do we want one for our Bose? - 99%99%
Apple left us all out to dry with their new iPhone and their stupid “dongles”. Well, thankfully companies like Scosche are providing affordable alternatives to clunky adapters. This lightning cable with build in controls is as close to stock as we can get for Bose cans currently, and for that, they deserve to be commended.
Last update on 2020-02-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API