I agree with everyone here, which might be a first. I do think a smaller Jack would be the way to go. The Lighting connector if fine and dandy, but can only be inserted two ways. A Jack can be inserted anyway you like, which is what I prefer. Or wireless, that is probably the best way to go forward.
OT: how come I don't see any photos, icons, smileys anymore on this site? For the past few days, all I see are square, blue icons with a ? in it.