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Lightning to 30-pin adapter now shipping

Andrew Williams


iPhone 5 owners rejoice - Lightning to 30-pin adapter now shipping

Apple has reportedly started shipping its Lightning to 30-pin adapter, the need for which is a key cause of frustration for iPhone 5 owners.

According to tip-offs sent to MacRumors, Apple has started sending out the first Lightning port adapters in Australia. The deliveries are due to be made today, 9 October.

At present, the UK online Apple store merely shows that the Lightning to 30-pin adapter will ship in "October", suggesting UK stocks may not have reached the warehouse yet.

The Lightning to 30-pin adapter costs £25 in the UK, and is a little rectangle of plastic that sits over old 30-pin connectors, letting you plug in new iOS devices like the iPhone 5 into old docks and accessories. This adapter supports audio, syncing and charging, but if you have an old dock that lets you output video, you're out of luck here.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that accessory manufacturers will have to gain approval from Apple before they're able to produce Lightning adapter accessories. iLounge writes that Apple plans to hold a seminar in November outlining the rules of iPhone 5 accessory development.

The new proprietary Apple cable is reportedly very difficult to reproduce, making it a tricky target for the companies that have been producing dubious-quality iPhone docks on the cheap for years now. Apple's Lightning connector not only lets the company streamline parts of its mobile phone design, it also affords Apple a tighter grip on the iOS accessories market.

The iPhone 5 sold more than five million units in its first five days. It sounds impressive, but is actually a way below some analyst predictions. Shortly after the phone's launch Tim Cook released a statement saying that supplies of the phone had run dry, suggesting that the figures could have been higher had the supply line been further greased-up.

Other new iOS devices that use the Lightning connector include the new iPod touch range. Apple is expected to unveil both an iPad mini with Lightning connector later this month, and a full-size iPad sporting the new standard next year.

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October 9, 2012, 4:09 pm

The fact that this doesn't come as a bundled accessory with the phone is shocking. And then to add insult to injury, Apple have the audacity to charge 25 pounds for it.


October 9, 2012, 7:44 pm

"The new proprietary Apple cable is reportedly very difficult to reproduce, making it a tricky target for the companies that have been producing dubious-quality iPhone docks on the cheap for years now."

Yes, and all the other manufacturers. Don't get fooled by the "Apple's only doing what's best for consumers" bull; this is all about money and control, particluarly control.


October 10, 2012, 10:34 am

Why is it shocking? Apple bundles a USB cable so you can charge your phone, and the new standard has been widely publicised for a long time. Some users won't have any need for an adaptor (I rarely plug my iPhone into anything except to charge, since I use wifi sync, iCloud, iTunes Match, AppleTV and Bluetooth in my car for music), so why bundle it? Apple accessories are always expensive. That's their prerogative. They're also beautifully made and exceptionally reliable, in my experience. They have no desire or need to compete on price slashing, and anyone who buys into Apple's products must know this. If you can't stomach the price, there will be cheap knockoffs on eBay in no time.


October 10, 2012, 10:40 am

You're point being? I'm no Apple apologist (I'm as happy as the next guy to stick the knife in regarding the shambolic release of iOS6 maps, for example), but it does get my back up when people slate them for doing what any rational company would do. It's only because of the wild success of Apple's dock connector (ironic that a proprietory connector has become by far the widest spread, with all these Android phones sporting 'open' standard USB) that people are concerned about its being made obsolete. One reason Lightning is difficult for low end 3rd parties is it is all digital, meaning they can't just amplify a line-out signal as they did with 30-pin dock - they need more logic, and DACs cost money.

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