iPhone 5 Lightning Adapter Could Be Bad News for High-End Docks
After nearly a decade of connecting iPods, iPhones and iPads to computers and third-party docks, the 30-pin was replaced Wednesday by the more stylishly named Lightning connector. Now, hardware vendors are scrambling to bring new devices to market with Lightning support while consumers are concerned that their collected docks are now obsolete.
The 30-pin-to-Lightning evolution will delight hardware vendors as they gear up to sell new devices for the holiday season. But it could annoy consumers who are rightly unsure if their old 30-pin iPhone alarm clocks will work with the new iPhone, even with $30 Lightning adapters.
The core issue is the lack of iPod-out and video-out support on the Lightning adapters. Kyle Wiens of iFixit told Wired that he believes docks that rely on the iPod-out protocol to display track information are at the highest risk. “My gut feeling: the most expensive accessories will be the ones that won’t work,” he said. Additional HDMI and VGA adapters will be available soon.
Recognising that many of its customers will own an existing iOS device and may want to use their existing 30-pin accessories with their new iPhone 5, Apple is bundling a free Lightning to 30-pin adapter with every new purchase.
The Next Web reported that Apple has made a mistake on its website. According to official online sales representatives, Apple will NOT be including a free Lightning to 30-pin adaptor.