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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 lowsidex2 on 9/13/2012 8:48:50 AM , Rating: 2
Here's an idea: Don't buy the phone if you don't like buying new accessories or adapters.


RE: Ripoff Artists
By jeffkro on 9/13/2012 12:50:17 PM , Rating: 3
Done and done


RE: Ripoff Artists
By mindless1 on 9/13/2012 1:24:06 PM , Rating: 2
Here's an even better idea: Whine about it on the internet so Apple sees the thoughts of potential customers. In this day and age companies DO watch what is being written about them, there's even specialized software out there that searches the internet and reports topics, let alone a good ole Google search in the PR dept.


RE: Ripoff Artists
By jimbojimbo on 9/14/2012 12:48:25 AM , Rating: 5
Post about it on Apple's forums and likely the same thing will happen last time people posted stuff they didn't like. They'll just delete them.
The Apple way!


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