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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: Things could get pricey... really?
By anactoraaron on 9/12/2012 11:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
I always am amused by how thin apple keeps making iPhones as if it is done intentionally as if they expect everyone will buy a case for it and don't want the phone to look too thick even with a case surrounding it. I personally just don't see the appeal of a super thin lightweight expensive small device that will break into a thousand pieces when dropped. How many iPhones do you see these days naked? The only reason to have a thin and light device is... what exactly?

It seems to me there's an opportunity for someone to make a few bucks by inventing some kind of sleek case that has one of these adapters attached to it (or have the capability of someone adding an adapter to it) in such a way as to conceal it (the adapter) when it's not being used while at the same time maintaining a sleek form factor. If someone does this (and charges a reasonable price for it) then your problems are solved :)

...or you could buy an android or wp7 device and have a standard connection without the worry that it will be changed requiring you to buy an adapter :P


By ritualm on 9/13/2012 6:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
No microUSB, no deal, even if it's Apple.

As it currently stands, I'm keeping my eyes out for a knockoff Dock 2.0-to-microUSB adapter on Amazon because $30 for something this ordinary is an ocean freighter full of BS.


RE: Things could get pricey... really?
By Dr of crap on 9/13/2012 8:03:30 AM , Rating: 3
"...or you could buy an android or wp7 device and have a standard connection without the worry that it will be changed requiring you to buy an adapter :P"

No, you can't do that. What fun would that be?
It has to be Apple or nothing.
I'm rushing out and standing in line over night to get - what - a phone?? Yea right!


By bupkus on 9/13/2012 9:33:16 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
I'm rushing out and standing in line over night to get - what - a phone?? Yea right!
I wouldn't even do that to get laid.


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