backtop


Print 88 comment(s) - last by kmmatney.. on Oct 8 at 11:08 AM

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



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Idiots
By Shadowself on 9/12/2012 6:48:01 PM , Rating: 4
Anyone who actually pays $29 for this adapter is an idiot.

Apple is just proving to the world how stupid -- in the extreme -- a corporation can be by charging this much. It shouldn't be over $9.99 even at "Apple prices". The gross margin on these in full production at $29 has to be something like 95% or more.




RE: Idiots
By dsumanik on 9/12/2012 9:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
Apple has em by the balls there is no choice, not immediately, but eventually as all devices get on this new connector users will be faced with a tough choice.

Buy the adapter or buy a whole new dock/device...some of which are very expensive, or built in like in vehicles.

Its really ignorant, and a shameless cash grab.

Still USB 2.o9, and the dock doesnt support video or ipod out either.

Its actually a step back from what we have now, and costs way more.


RE: Idiots
By jimbojimbo on 9/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: Idiots
By Mitch101 on 9/14/2012 6:49:27 PM , Rating: 2
If you have any Apple dock systems get one of these and you can use any Blu-Tooth enabled device.
http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Bluetooth-Receiver-...

Android or Windows Phone on any iPhone/iPod docking unit - Wirelessly.

BTW these can be found cheaper if you look around.


"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki