After Apple made the “courageous” decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, countless customers began to wonder how they would charge their phones while listening to music. Several entrepreneurs heard their pleas, and thus a wave of Kickstarter projects were born.
iLDOCK was one of the first and most popular, promising a small, discreet dongle with a Lightning port and a headphone jack built in. The project smashed its $5,000 goal within 24 hours, but with just days left until funding was expected to come to a close, the project has been suspended and everyone has been refunded.
The suspension of the project was brought to our attention by a Reddit thread, where user NikeSwish shared the email he received from Kickstarter:
We were highly skeptical of the project to begin with, given the exceptionally low price of the device itself ($10 for a single dongle) and the aggressive release date (estimated delivery of November 2016), and it appears we had reason to be.
Three days before the end of the campaign, the creators provided an update, celebrating the fact that the project had reached $200,000 and announcing that small batch testing of the units had already begun in preparation for launch.
It’s still unclear exactly which of the rules were broken by the iLDOCK team, but if this was the dongle you were planning to pick up for your iPhone 7, you might want to start looking elsewhere. We’ll likely never know precisely why the campaign was suspended anyway, as Kickstarter has a policy not to offer comment on projects that are suspended after breaking the rules.