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Adapters won't come cheap

Apple's iPhone 5 was announced today, and with it came the realization of a smaller dock connector. The 30-pin dock connector has been around for 9 years, and Apple cites its desire for thinner, more svelte devices as the reason to go with the smaller "Lightning" connector.
However, those who have accumulated a wealth of 30-pin cables and accessories are going to have to fork over the big bucks to allow them to work with Apple's new Lightning connector. Apple is listing the Lightning to 30-pin adapter for $29 on its online store. Considering that you would need one adapter for each cable/accessory, things could get pricey pretty quickly.

New Lightning 8-pin USB cables aren't much cheaper at $19 each.
The best bet for those looking to make the switch is to wait for the cheap Chinese knock-offs to start flooding eBay (it's easy to find current 30-pin USB cables for $1 to $3 each).
The positive news is that once all of Apple's mobile devices are equipped with the new Lightning dock, you won't have to worry about the boys from Cupertino switching things up again anytime soon. “This is the new connector for many years to come,” said Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller in an interview with AllThingsD.

Sources: Apple [1], [2], AllThingsD

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Piss off, Apple
By quiksilvr on 9/12/2012 6:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
You know you could have used micro-usb 3.0, but you just felt like trolling.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By shabby on 9/12/2012 7:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps it is usb3, usb3 also has 9 pins, perhaps apple just took those 9 pins and added their magic to it and voila... the lightning connector.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By rs2 on 9/12/2012 7:27:10 PM , Rating: 3
What magic would that be? The magic of selling unnecessary "all digital" cable adapters to suckers for $29 apiece? Because that's a pretty good trick.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By FITCamaro on 9/12/2012 10:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
Inside the insulation, the wires for each adapter are wrapped in human skin.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 1:25:08 PM , Rating: 3
lol, "there's a little piece of Steve in every cable we sell."

RE: Piss off, Apple
By shabby on 9/12/2012 10:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
Who wants analogue connectors? Apple brings us all digital! ;)

RE: Piss off, Apple
By BZDTemp on 9/13/2012 1:18:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's been done before.

In a something that is quickly becoming a long time ago Microsoft put a gaming console on the market called XBOX. Terrified that the general public should spot it for the mediocre PC it really was and also greedy like only a big IT company can be they tried to hide the PC. The thing had four special connection ports on the front meaning only Microsoft gear could be used(at first) only the four ports was actually just USB ports shaped differently.

Microsoft did similar crap with other parts of the XBOX connectors and if you look at the 360 you'll find similar issues.

This is of course just examples. My point here is that Apple is now as evil as Microsoft.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By andrewaggb on 9/17/2012 1:51:50 PM , Rating: 2
While that's true about the original xbox, the 360 uses standard usb ports and the controllers work just fine in windows. Kinect is slightly different, but that's because (as I understand it) it has power requirements that exceeded the usb ports on the xbox 360. So you need an adapter to provide power input.

However, the wireless controllers aren't bluetooth unfortunately, so they aren't as standards friendly as sony's.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By mellomonk on 9/12/2012 7:21:38 PM , Rating: 2
Find the more in depth tech docs about the dock connectors. USB3 is not the functional equivalent of the dock connector. The consistent spec, functionality, and reasonable licenses terms has created an entire eco-system of accessories and the like that does not exist for USB yet.

More power to anyone who can create even more revenue while providing opportunities for others. Not to mention adding additional functionality.

RE: Piss off, Apple
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 1:27:46 PM , Rating: 1
or at least it'll help redistribute some of the iSheeples' money.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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