Living in a house full of Android users while you’re the lone iPhone 5 or iPad user can be a bit of a nuisance, and not because everyone else happens to despise your Apple ways, but because you have one Lightning cable while there are dozens of micro USB cables lying around. However, Apple has finally released their Lightning to micro USB adapter for US users.
The adapter plugs into your Lightning-equipped device (either the iPhone 5, 4th-gen iPad, 5th-gen iPod Touch, 7th-gen iPod Nano, or iPad mini) and will allow you to use a standard micro USB cable to charge up your iOS device. The adapter is available online now and we’re guessing at Apple retail stores across the country as well.
This probably is one of Apple’s smallest accessories ever, and it can be yours for $19. The adapter first showed up in Europe last month due to a legal issue where all European devices had to be compatible with micro USB in some fashion, and finally, a month-and-a-half later US users are greeted with a viable solution to their surplus problem of micro USB cables.
Apple has slowly been rolling out its various Lightning accessories ever since the iPhone 5 launch, including a much-needed Lightning to 30-pin adapter for those who prefer using their older Apple cables, as well as a couple of Lightning display adapters with both HDMI and VGA options priced at $49 each.