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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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Plus/Minus
By Kyuu on 9/12/2012 7:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously, $30 for the adapter is an absurd markup, but that's par for the course for Apple on accessories. Hardly a surprise.

On the other hand, I can say one good thing about the new connector: it supports USB 3.0. I don't know of any other phones with connectors that support anything beyond USB 2.0. Although I'm not sure if the NAND used in smartphones are even capable of read/write speeds that can saturate a USB 2.0 interface, let alone 3.0...




RE: Plus/Minus
By Kyuu on 9/12/2012 7:58:02 PM , Rating: 2
Waitaminnut, I could've sworn I saw something saying it supports USB 3.0, but now I'm seeing that it doesn't and I can't find the source that I thought said it does. So, I may just be an idiot.


RE: Plus/Minus
By dsumanik on 9/12/2012 8:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong, the new cable is only USB 2.0

ten year old technology for 19 bucks a cable, and 30 for the adapter.


RE: Plus/Minus
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 1:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yes if they wished to exceed USB2's bottleneck it would be trivial to use a multi-channel memory access design. Even many contemporary $5 USB flash drives are read speed limited by USB2


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