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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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RE: Ripoff Artists
By gorehound on 9/12/2012 7:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
I do not want to ever give Apple a dime.They will never see me as a Customer.They are nothing but a Ripoff Greedy-Ass Corporation selling Proprietary BS.For my Desktop I will just design and build my own very fast and a lot cheaper Computer and for a smart phone I am still using one of those fliptop dumb phones.
When and if I do go for a smart phone I will not be purchasing an iPhone.

RE: Ripoff Artists
By spread on 9/13/2012 1:47:25 AM , Rating: 3
Ripoff Greedy-Ass Corporation selling Proprietary BS

I want to buy a new mp3 player. I was curious about the iPod Nano because it's tiny and it has a good touchscreen probably so I went to their website and... it has a thunderbolt connector and I have to pay how much for a cable to hook it up?

Screw that. I can buy a teeny tiny Sandisk Sansa for pocket change and it has better format support (like FLAC and OGG) and no bullcrap. A $50 player can do that, and it even has an OLED screen and a miniSD slot for more memory. Why not an iPod? Overpriced Apple garbage.

RE: Ripoff Artists
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 1:02:11 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming you want to have a cellphone, these days they're making MP3 players obsolete (just another gadget to carry with you).

RE: Ripoff Artists
By jimbojimbo on 9/14/2012 12:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
When you run a lot it's nice to have a tiny little player that's dirt cheap that you can replace in case you get caught out in the rain. I've had my Sandisk for years though and been caught out in the rain and it's still chugging along.

RE: Ripoff Artists
By Shadowself on 9/14/2012 1:13:33 PM , Rating: 2
Not Thunderbolt. Lightning. The cable comes with the iPod Nano. You don't have to buy a cable to hook up the new iPod Nano with any USB capable computer.

Your other points (e.g., FLACC & OGG support) are certainly valid.

RE: Ripoff Artists
By kmmatney on 10/8/2012 11:08:00 AM , Rating: 2
It will come with a cable, you only have to buy one if you want a second one. I've tried buying cheaper MP3 players and always regretted it, while every iPod has been great, especially the battery life. My original shuffle still runs great after many years of use.

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