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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 johnnycanadian on 9/12/2012 6:39:49 PM , Rating: 5
Apple's refusing to license the "Lightning" specification so any knock-offs that become available will:

a) Not ship because Apple will sue the manufacturer into oblivion.

b) Fall apart the moment you try to plug it in to your iPhone 5.

c) Short out your iPhone due to shoddy plug workmanship causing a massive Lithium-Polymer battery fire. You'll pass out from toxic fumes and perish in the resulting blaze.

Bah. Nice proprietary solution. I genuinely like some Apple products but their policies make it very difficult to whip out the ol' credit card.

By Camikazi on 9/12/2012 7:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
Unless Apple doesn't want anyone to make any peripherals for the new iPhone they will need to give information on how to connect to it. Doing so will allow people to figure out how to make a knockoff, plus they can just buy a real one and copy it like they do with most Chinese cheap iPhone chargers. Since most of the cheap ones are made in China Apple will have a very hard time stopping them from being made or sold since China doesn't care what Apple wants.

By TakinYourPoints on 9/12/2012 8:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
The Chinese will get knockoffs here faster than you think, keep an eye on Monoprice.

And yeah, I laughed out loud when I saw the price of the adapter. Good thing all I need is the cable that already comes in the box.

By Brandon Hill on 9/12/2012 8:43:10 PM , Rating: 3
Good thing all I need is the cable that already comes in the box.

Lucky you ;)

I have:

-Cable on nightstand for iPhone
-Cable on nightstand for iPad
-Cable at my desk
-Cable downstairs at the kitchen island
-Proprietary cable in my car for iPhone
-Two cables in my Timbuk2 iPad Messenger bag

By TakinYourPoints on 9/13/2012 12:34:44 AM , Rating: 2
That's a lot of cables. :)

I have one that plugs into my iPhone by my bed. Simple, easy.

I also have one that plugs into my iPad. I won't be using that with the iPhone 5 and I won't be replacing it for quite a while so it isn't a big deal.

So yeah, just the cables they came with.

By TakinYourPoints on 9/13/2012 12:36:24 AM , Rating: 2
It also helps that I don't have any stereo docks or anything, all I use is Airplay to my home theater.

By Samus on 9/13/2012 1:57:35 AM , Rating: 3
Copying a cable isn't rocket science. The new cables will be available from HK in a week, and they will probably work fine. It's not like we're talking long distance, high voltage cables here...

However, I agree with the OP, if they're making an adapter, why not just make one for Micro USB as well? This proprietary design philosophy over at Apple is BS.

By theapparition on 9/13/2012 4:26:31 PM , Rating: 2
Not quite so sure of that.

As has been reported, Apple requires licensing of their lightning port. I believe a TPM module is actually installed in the cable end (Trusted Platform Module). Only recognized keys will work.

In other words, you're going to have to pay Apple for a license if you want to make accessories. No cheap Chinese knockoffs for you.

By jeffkro on 9/13/2012 12:41:35 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, anti-consumer policies. I really don't get the apple loyalists.

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