Lightning

30-pin Lightning combo docks coming soon as Apple tweaks spec

30-pin Lightning combo docks coming soon as Apple tweaks spec

It's time to get your transitional period on with an update the the specifications accessory makers much follows in order to get official support from Apple. In the wake of an issue with having both the Lightning cable and the legacy 30-pin connector working on one device, Apple has come forth with a tweak to the rules. While it's not entirely clear if it was the POP Kickstarter incident from earlier this week that made this change in Apple's policies a reality, the result is clear: you'll be able to work with a single accessory in the future with both types of connectors, no sweat.

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Kickstarter POP gets Apple denial, becomes largest backer refund ever

Kickstarter POP gets Apple denial, becomes largest backer refund ever

It's time to get your cash back, you lovers of the Kickstarter that never actually happened - the one called POP or "Ortable Power station", working with the Apple Lightning cord amongst other things - that being the reason for its demise. As it turns out, the creator of this project mister Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Edison Junior, wasn't able to secure the rights he needed from Apple that would allow him and his project to work with the Lightning cord for the iPhone 5. Because of this, the whole project is a bust and he's giving all the money back - but there's a hitch.

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OCDesk hands-on for iPhone 5 and your new iMac

OCDesk hands-on for iPhone 5 and your new iMac

It's time to get serious about integrating all the Apple products you own, and what better way to do that than with a simple iPhone dock that sits rather nicely in front of your brand new iMac? What we're taking a peek at today is the OCDesk Display Stand - that standing for Obsessively Clean Desk Display (OCD), this part of a Kickstarter campaign that's looking to bring this "missing" piece of hardware to the real world. It's missing simply because Apple hasn't made anything like it yet - the creators of OCDesk want to alleviate that problem.

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Soundfreaq brings lightning to CES 2013 in massive audio preview

Soundfreaq brings lightning to CES 2013 in massive audio preview

It's less than a couple of months away from CES 2013 now and brands large and small have already begun war on the media with releases - today's big news from Soundfreaq contains one heck of a rundown of future sound products. This rundown includes the first lightning speaker docks for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini as well as a set of Dual System Streaming products for futuristic audio action.

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Bose SoundDock III comes equipped with Lightning connector

Bose SoundDock III comes equipped with Lightning connector

If you've been holding out for a Bose-branded speaker dock to perch your iPhone 5 onto, the time has finally come. Bose has released an update to its SoundDock that now comes with full support for Apple's new Lightning connector. The new dock looks a lot like past SoundDock iterations, expect this time you can use your newer iDevices with them.

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Philips announces five new Lightning speaker docks

Philips announces five new Lightning speaker docks

Adding to the growing number of Lightning accessories that are slowly being released, Philips has announced five new Lightning speaker docks for the iPhone 5 and the new iPod Touch. The lineup consists of two speaker docks, an alarm clock dock, and two music stereo system, all of which are expected to be released sometime before Christmas.

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Griffin announces third-party Lightning cables

Griffin announces third-party Lightning cables

Third-party accessory maker Griffin has announced the first major third-party Lightning cables to hit the market. While we've already seen a few Lightning accessories come our way, there hasn't been a third-party Lightning cable option other than what Apple offers themselves. Finally, though, our options are starting to spread out a little.

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Apple had to go through Harley-Davidson for Lightning trademark

Apple had to go through Harley-Davidson for Lightning trademark

In today's installment of "words you didn't know could be trademarked," we'll focus in on Apple and its relationship with a motorcycle manufacturer by the name of Harley-Davidson. Apple's "Lightning" branding for its new dock connector certainly plays nice with the company's "Thunderbolt" branding, but in new EU Trademark filings discovered by Patently Apple, we're finding out that the iPod maker had to talk to Harley-Davidson before it could use the word lightning for its products. That's because Harley-Davidson owns the trademark for lightning in a lot of different areas, including motorcycle parts, video games, and even glasses.

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Belkin unveils first third-party Lightning accessories

Belkin unveils first third-party Lightning accessories

Ever since Apple unveiled their new Lightning connector with the release of the iPhone 5, users have been waiting patiently (some more than others) for third-party Lightning accessories to make the rounds. However, after almost a month and a half since the Lightning connector's public debut, they're finally here. Belkin is the first official company to be signed off by Apple to make third-party Lightning accessories.

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Apple now selling Lightning to micro USB adapter in US

Apple now selling Lightning to micro USB adapter in US

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.

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Apple launches new Lightning adapters, will cost you $49 each

Apple launches new Lightning adapters, will cost you $49 each

If you have an Apple TV, sharing content on your iOS device to your television is super easy using AirPlay, but if you're at friend's house or at your parents', AirPlay may not be available. That's where adapters come into play, and Apple officially released a couple of Lightning adapters today for use on all the newest iOS devices.

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iPad 4th generation detailed with Lightning and A6X chip

iPad 4th generation detailed with Lightning and A6X chip

Apple just showed off it's newest-generation iPad, and no, it's not the iPad mini (that's still to come). It's the fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad. One of the big new features in this new iPad is better performance with the A6X chip, which doubles CPU and graphics power, and the Lightning connector is also present on the model.

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