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Weeks later, Apple is shipping its expensive 30-pin Lightning adapters

When Apple announced the iPhone early last month with its new 8-pin Lightning dock connector, it seemed like a no-brainer that Apple would have a hefty supply of Lightning to 30-pin Adapters on hand to appease the masses. After all, Apple's decision to ditch its 9-year old 30-pin dock connector meant that customers wouldn't be able to use their existing accessories without an adapter on the iPhone 5.
Inexplicably, Apple was unable to deliver the adapters at launch even though the decision to use Lightning surely didn’t occur overnight. But nearly four weeks after the iPhone 5's release, Apple is just now getting around to shipping the adapters to customers.

Mac Rumors reports that a few Australian customers have received shipping notifications and an estimated delivery date of October 9 for the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter.
Apple's standard Lightning to 30-pin Adapter costs $29. Apple is also charging $10 more for a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter that includes an 8" cable if you need some extra length.

Source: Mac Rumors

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By mchentz on 10/8/2012 10:13:58 AM , Rating: 4
that this was not included with the phone. Though I guess Apple is very good at milking the current apple customers.

RE: Surprised
By Brandon Hill on 10/8/2012 10:18:45 AM , Rating: 3
It would have been nice for them to include it in the package, but that's not something Apple would typically do.

However, I do think it's poor planning not to have a HUGE surplus of the adapters available at launch. I mean, there's no way in the world that the adapter is more complex than the iPhone 5 itself. They should have been cranking these things out months in advance, readying for the iPhone 5 launch.

RE: Surprised
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/8/2012 10:45:56 AM , Rating: 3
Unless they were hoping people would just give up and buy new accessories...

RE: Surprised
By Brandon Hill on 10/8/2012 10:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
Which aren't even out yet... ;)

RE: Surprised
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/8/2012 11:27:13 AM , Rating: 2
Ah. So just regular, garden-variety incompetence, rather than something more nefarious. :P

RE: Surprised
By retrospooty on 10/8/2012 1:33:02 PM , Rating: 3
"Ah. So just regular, garden-variety incompetence, rather than something more nefarious. :P"

No, I think its on purpose. If new accesories were out, people would buy them and not the adaptor. This way, Apple can sell millions of $2 adaptors for $30, then next year sell millions of new accesories with the new connector. Brilliant... crappy, but brilliant.

RE: Surprised
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/8/2012 1:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but if that was the plan, they should have had the adapters available from day one...

RE: Surprised
By retrospooty on 10/8/2012 1:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
that was probably a genuine supply issue.

RE: Surprised
By RufusM on 10/10/2012 7:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
To add insult to injury, the lightning adapter is chipped so knockoffs cannot be made without licensing the rights from Apple. (I *think* a knockoff can be made that will charge the phone, but that's it.) Being chipped, also means it's more expensive to produce.

More of Apple's strong-handed tactics towards their long time users. Apple should at least given them a voucher for a cheaper adapter if they buy a new iPhone.

RE: Surprised
By Motoman on 10/8/2012 10:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
Apple consumers don't respond to negative stimulus from their identity provider. Doesn't matter if they have the things at launch or won't make any difference in the consumer base.

RE: Surprised
By mcnabney on 10/8/2012 11:44:51 AM , Rating: 2
Sheep want to be sheared. Even iSheep.

RE: Surprised
By Uncle on 10/8/2012 1:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
Goes to show apple wasn't sure how many of the ilemmings were going to buy into the new and improved iphone.

RE: Surprised
By croc on 10/8/12, Rating: -1
RE: Surprised
By tayb on 10/8/2012 12:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
What are customers supposed to do? You insinuate that people are idiots for spending $30 on an adapter but what is the alternative? Throw away old accessories and buy new ones that don't even exist yet? Switch to another phone and render all previously purchased apps and accessories worthless? It makes more sense to pay $30 than it does to lose all of that value.

You also have to consider that the majority of iPhone owners won't ever need this adapter. Bluetooth cars and accessories have been out for a while and they are much more popular than the older plugin style. Plus, a lot of people just don't buy or use accessories.

Given all that it made sense from Apple's perspective to not include the adapter. They know people will buy it if they need it and they know that most people won't need and wouldn't ever use it.

RE: Surprised
By Uncle on 10/8/2012 1:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
The design sucks other then for repeat customers at 30$ a pop. This connection looks like it will break much easier then the old one.

RE: Surprised
By xthetenth on 10/8/2012 3:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
This is probably not the case. The old connectors are trash. I've had the plastic fall off two of them, and then the top bit starts pulling off. It's making holding out till I can decide between android or WP8 quite annoying. I'm not considering iOS after 6 served only to hurt my user experience.

RE: Surprised
By inperfectdarkness on 10/9/2012 2:14:26 AM , Rating: 3
Here's a thought:

Why not just bite the bullet and switch to a different brand now? Sure, you'll be giving up a lot of money that you duped...i mean dumped into apple's stuff; but that's just the short term.

In the long term, this $30 nickel & diming will hurt your wallet a lot more than just jumping ship to brands that are interoperable and won't dry-hump your paycheck.

Apple's marketing genius lies in removing all consumer freedom from their products and somehow convincing their consumers that they are better off for it. It's like people who think that they can actually win a fortune in Vegas. Casino's don't build themselves out of thin air; that money came from somewhere.

Apple posts record revenue quarter after quarter and people don't question their enslavement to its products? that's just insanity.

Nailed it.
By Motoman on 10/8/2012 10:16:48 AM , Rating: 1
quote: seemed like a no-brainer...

Yup. Everything that has to do with Apple is a no-brainer. brains.

RE: Nailed it.
By martin5000 on 10/8/2012 10:43:07 AM , Rating: 2
I'd say convincing people to pay $29 for an adapter is genius.

RE: Nailed it.
By Motoman on 10/8/2012 10:49:57 AM , Rating: 1
What convincing? It's an Apple product, and just one more Apple tax to be tithed to the church. The extra $29, or even $290 if you need ten of them, was not even a fleeting consideration in the minds of the Macolytes.

RE: Nailed it.
By xti on 10/8/2012 4:55:00 PM , Rating: 2
My new S3 needs accessories too (like a spare battery good lord it sucks it dry)... you are making it sound like samsung and everyone else puts everything I need in the box....

RE: Nailed it.
By Motoman on 10/8/2012 7:28:58 PM , Rating: 1
At least your S3 will *let* you swap batteries.

And no, no one is saying that anyone puts "everything you need" in the box. Apple changed the format of their accessory plug for no reason other than to force an additional $29 fee from every user, and/or to force them to buy new accessories.

And then they didn't even bother to have any ready on launch day. Or even close to launch day.

RE: Nailed it.
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/9/2012 8:39:53 AM , Rating: 1
I get a full day charge.... funny...

RE: Nailed it.
By xti on 10/9/2012 12:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't talk a lot during the day, text normal i guess...but are you suggesting im lying?

I stream radio during the work day - my IP4 i came off of left me with ~15-20% by bedtime. GS3 I have to leave on the charger during the day, or else I'm dead by 5pm.

Yeah, I get to swap out batteries, but its simply not what I was accustomed to. Nevertheless, I don't mind adapting to an accessory, I like the phone.

RE: Nailed it.
By web2dot0 on 10/9/2012 12:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's suggesting that your usage pattern is not everyone's usage pattern. Some people use their phone 24hr/day ... you maybe shorter. What's your point.

If you don't like the iPhone, don't buy it. Do not point a gun to your head. Let the market decide. If Apple make such terrible products, the market will speak up.

I don't understand what your gripe is about. Don't like it, buy something else.

Some people like to spend $200 jeans, and $300K cars, so if you don't think it's worth the money, you're going to ban people and call them names?

RE: Nailed it.
By geddarkstorm on 10/8/2012 11:48:28 AM , Rating: 4
There's a sucker born every iMinute.

RE: Nailed it.
By DiscoWade on 10/8/2012 7:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
No. It took brains from the Apple brass. "Hey, I have an idea! Let us take our common adapter, make a smaller incompatible version of it and give it a fancy name so people will think it is something better." It takes brains to figure out new ways to milk the cash cow while still making it seem like you are innovating. "Oh, look. You know those round white headphones that we made famous. Now they are a bad idea. So buy our new ear designed headphones instead!"

By damianrobertjones on 10/8/2012 11:50:29 AM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 hits in less than 3 weeks along with a WHOLE LOAD of new hardware. Where are the stories? Where is the news?

...We get this instead :)

RE: ?
By Motoman on 10/8/2012 12:18:27 PM , Rating: 2 MS requiring all it's customers to pay $29 for an unnecessary adapter to be able to use all their existing peripherals?

RE: ?
By geddarkstorm on 10/8/2012 12:40:48 PM , Rating: 2

Apparently, according to Apple, the strange purple lens flare on the iPhone 5 but not on other iPhones or smartphones is a result of us "aiming it wrong". Thanks Apple, we would never have known if you didn't tell us, but at least we're finally holding it right, right?

RE: ?
By Brandon Hill on 10/8/2012 12:41:01 PM , Rating: 3
When Windows 8 is released, I'm sure you'll have your fill of announcements/reviews/news/etc.

By Tony Swash on 10/8/2012 1:43:20 PM , Rating: 1
Glancing through these comments it seems most of the commentators neither own Apple products, like Apple products, like Apple customers or intend to buy the cable in question.

All this puff and indignation about a cable someone else is buying!

It's weird.

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       -- Alfred E. Wiggam

By perspicacity on 10/9/2012 6:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
Some people have trouble staying quiet while they see the powerful take advantage of the ignorant.

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