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Weeks later, Apple is shipping its expensive 30-pin Lightning adapters

When Apple announced the iPhone early last month with its new 8-pin Lightning dock connector, it seemed like a no-brainer that Apple would have a hefty supply of Lightning to 30-pin Adapters on hand to appease the masses. After all, Apple's decision to ditch its 9-year old 30-pin dock connector meant that customers wouldn't be able to use their existing accessories without an adapter on the iPhone 5.
Inexplicably, Apple was unable to deliver the adapters at launch even though the decision to use Lightning surely didn’t occur overnight. But nearly four weeks after the iPhone 5's release, Apple is just now getting around to shipping the adapters to customers.

Mac Rumors reports that a few Australian customers have received shipping notifications and an estimated delivery date of October 9 for the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter.
Apple's standard Lightning to 30-pin Adapter costs $29. Apple is also charging $10 more for a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter that includes an 8" cable if you need some extra length.

Source: Mac Rumors

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By mchentz on 10/8/2012 10:13:58 AM , Rating: 4
that this was not included with the phone. Though I guess Apple is very good at milking the current apple customers.

RE: Surprised
By Brandon Hill on 10/8/2012 10:18:45 AM , Rating: 3
It would have been nice for them to include it in the package, but that's not something Apple would typically do.

However, I do think it's poor planning not to have a HUGE surplus of the adapters available at launch. I mean, there's no way in the world that the adapter is more complex than the iPhone 5 itself. They should have been cranking these things out months in advance, readying for the iPhone 5 launch.

RE: Surprised
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/8/2012 10:45:56 AM , Rating: 3
Unless they were hoping people would just give up and buy new accessories...

RE: Surprised
By Brandon Hill on 10/8/2012 10:49:21 AM , Rating: 2
Which aren't even out yet... ;)

RE: Surprised
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/8/2012 11:27:13 AM , Rating: 2
Ah. So just regular, garden-variety incompetence, rather than something more nefarious. :P

RE: Surprised
By retrospooty on 10/8/2012 1:33:02 PM , Rating: 3
"Ah. So just regular, garden-variety incompetence, rather than something more nefarious. :P"

No, I think its on purpose. If new accesories were out, people would buy them and not the adaptor. This way, Apple can sell millions of $2 adaptors for $30, then next year sell millions of new accesories with the new connector. Brilliant... crappy, but brilliant.

RE: Surprised
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/8/2012 1:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but if that was the plan, they should have had the adapters available from day one...

RE: Surprised
By retrospooty on 10/8/2012 1:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
that was probably a genuine supply issue.

RE: Surprised
By RufusM on 10/10/2012 7:12:07 AM , Rating: 2
To add insult to injury, the lightning adapter is chipped so knockoffs cannot be made without licensing the rights from Apple. (I *think* a knockoff can be made that will charge the phone, but that's it.) Being chipped, also means it's more expensive to produce.

More of Apple's strong-handed tactics towards their long time users. Apple should at least given them a voucher for a cheaper adapter if they buy a new iPhone.

RE: Surprised
By Motoman on 10/8/2012 10:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
Apple consumers don't respond to negative stimulus from their identity provider. Doesn't matter if they have the things at launch or won't make any difference in the consumer base.

RE: Surprised
By mcnabney on 10/8/2012 11:44:51 AM , Rating: 2
Sheep want to be sheared. Even iSheep.

RE: Surprised
By Uncle on 10/8/2012 1:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
Goes to show apple wasn't sure how many of the ilemmings were going to buy into the new and improved iphone.

RE: Surprised
By croc on 10/8/12, Rating: -1
RE: Surprised
By tayb on 10/8/2012 12:18:53 PM , Rating: 2
What are customers supposed to do? You insinuate that people are idiots for spending $30 on an adapter but what is the alternative? Throw away old accessories and buy new ones that don't even exist yet? Switch to another phone and render all previously purchased apps and accessories worthless? It makes more sense to pay $30 than it does to lose all of that value.

You also have to consider that the majority of iPhone owners won't ever need this adapter. Bluetooth cars and accessories have been out for a while and they are much more popular than the older plugin style. Plus, a lot of people just don't buy or use accessories.

Given all that it made sense from Apple's perspective to not include the adapter. They know people will buy it if they need it and they know that most people won't need and wouldn't ever use it.

RE: Surprised
By Uncle on 10/8/2012 1:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
The design sucks other then for repeat customers at 30$ a pop. This connection looks like it will break much easier then the old one.

RE: Surprised
By xthetenth on 10/8/2012 3:45:44 PM , Rating: 2
This is probably not the case. The old connectors are trash. I've had the plastic fall off two of them, and then the top bit starts pulling off. It's making holding out till I can decide between android or WP8 quite annoying. I'm not considering iOS after 6 served only to hurt my user experience.

RE: Surprised
By inperfectdarkness on 10/9/2012 2:14:26 AM , Rating: 3
Here's a thought:

Why not just bite the bullet and switch to a different brand now? Sure, you'll be giving up a lot of money that you duped...i mean dumped into apple's stuff; but that's just the short term.

In the long term, this $30 nickel & diming will hurt your wallet a lot more than just jumping ship to brands that are interoperable and won't dry-hump your paycheck.

Apple's marketing genius lies in removing all consumer freedom from their products and somehow convincing their consumers that they are better off for it. It's like people who think that they can actually win a fortune in Vegas. Casino's don't build themselves out of thin air; that money came from somewhere.

Apple posts record revenue quarter after quarter and people don't question their enslavement to its products? that's just insanity.

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