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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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By retrospooty on 9/12/2012 6:30:26 PM , Rating: 4
Gotta get in there quick and make it sound not as bad as it is dont ya? Yes, having a cable shipped from Hong Kong via Ebay is a great customer service... Meanwhile every other phone built on planet Earth in the past 5 years has a standard micro-usb connector.

By GulWestfale on 9/12/2012 10:48:26 PM , Rating: 5
but micro USB just isn't "magical"...

By Omega215D on 9/13/2012 5:10:59 AM , Rating: 2
Still trying to figure out how they got away with it in the EU since I keep hearing that they are strict about adhering to standards.

Anyhow, the new connector won't allow video or iPod out

By Omega215D on 9/13/2012 5:40:38 AM , Rating: 2
Ouch, it'll cost money for a USB adapter

By jeffkro on 9/13/2012 12:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
The micro USB is magical because its a standard, when I buy a new phone all of my old car charges, cables, and what not are still usable. Plus I can charge any other mobile device with the same stuff.

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