Apple has confirmed that a Lightning to HDMI cable for its new iPhone 5 is in the works. This clears up some confusion over the true output capabilities of the new Lightning connection standard.
The iPhone 5 was unveiled yesterday. You might have noticed. One of the big changes for the new device – at least in terms of the repercussions it will have on subsequent iOS devices – is the introduction of a new connector dock standard.
Apple’s calling it Lightning, and it’s much smaller than the previous (or existing, depending on how you want to look at it) 30-pin iPhone and iPad connector. This is part of the reason why the iPhone 5 is able to be so diddy.
Of course this renders a lot of existing peripherals redundant, so Apple announced a new adapter for hooking up some old 30-pin gear to future Lightning-equipped devices. The only trouble is, the £25 adapter doesn’t support video output.
This led some to believe that the Lightning standard itself might be limited to audio output only, and that Apple might encourage the use of AirPlay to stream video content wirelessly. Fortunately, such worries appear to be misplaced.
Apple has informed The Verge that HDMI and VGA to Lightning connection cables “will be available in the coming months.”
So that’s put that one to bed, then.
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