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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 mindless1 on 9/13/2012 1:18:19 PM , Rating: 2
From a mechanical strength and current carrying perspective I don't like it when connectors are shrunk. For example I find use of microUSB ridiculous when it only saves 2mm over miniUSB.

On the other hand while the phone itself isn't much thinner, the connector obviously is leaving room for something else above or below it, as well as being narrower which leaves more space for other electronics, heatsinking, or even a good ole air gap for better ventilation so it heats up less than it otherwise would. However, I wrote it isn't much thinner but what if the 18% shrink from 9.3mm to 7.6mm was directly attributable to the connector thickness reduction?

Given apple's desire to make this as thin and light as possible given the specs it has, I'm sure they took pains to make everything as small as they can do so (hopefully) without sacrificing reliability. The old connector seemed ridiculous anyway but what I'd have liked to see instead is a miniUSB3 connector. Not that it really matters to me, I don't own an iPhone and have no plans to in the future but I don't like the trend of using proprietary connectors at all. The whole point of standards was to relieve us of this issue.

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