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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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One adapter
By Jeremy87 on 9/12/2012 6:52:51 PM , Rating: 2
Considering that you would need one adapter for each cable/accessory, things could get pricey pretty quickly.
Surely you only have one iPhone that you will connect to only one cable/accessory at a time?

RE: One adapter
By Brandon Hill on 9/12/2012 7:06:14 PM , Rating: 2
That's assuming you only use ONE cable/accessory and don't mind carrying around an adapter with you to plug into your car, use at work, etc.

RE: One adapter
By seamonkey79 on 9/12/2012 10:43:21 PM , Rating: 3
Never mind the form fitting adapter in a number of $50,000+ cars that won't work with the new larger size of the phone, never mind the adapter wart stuck on the end of it.

RE: One adapter
By lawrance on 9/13/2012 4:34:58 PM , Rating: 2
Um, my car uses USB and 3.5mm Headphone jack for connecting devices. Of course my iPHone connects through USB to the stereo fine, my Android device does not.

RE: One adapter
By Brandon Hill on 9/13/2012 7:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
My car uses a proprietary connector. It has both a 3.5mm connector and a USB on one end to hook up to my iPhone and navigate/charge it.

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