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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're just a day away from Apple's event tomorrow where it's rumored the company will announce the iPad mini. Anticipation is obviously building, but the rumors haven't yet ceased. Over the weekend, photos of supposed Lightning connectors for the iPad mini and for the 10-inch iPad leaked out, revealing that not only will the iPad mini receive Lightning, but a possible iPad 3 refresh with Lightning may be in the cards as well.
The Apple event taking place this week on the 23rd of October has had several of its supposed presentations spilled here in advance of the date with the iPad mini and a refreshed iPad with Retina display pricing included. It's no surprise that the event will indeed be showing off the new iPad mini, but a refreshed iPad full-sized device has not been entirely clear on the radar up until now - though no confirmations have been made. The iPad mini's price scale has been tipped by a leak to 9 to 5 Mac as starting in at $329 USD in the United States.
Apple will soon be holding a meeting with Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFI) group partners to discuss the future of accessories working with their new Lightning connector. This Lightning cord and port has been integrated on the iPhone 5 already and will likely be appearing on the future set of iPad devices including the iPad mini, a tablet that's not yet been confirmed to exist by Apple but will likely appear at an October 23rd event. This MFI meeting will be held in Shenzen, China, according to the source speaking with TechCrunch, and will have USB standards on the ticket.
If you're following along with the iPad mini and its imminent release, there are a collection of details you can readily assume to be true - even without Apple revealing the release date, the models, and the specifications in each device. This release will be primarily a filing of a market hole: where there's no tablet in the market other than the iPad to placate the masses addicted to the idea that Apple's solution is best, there will soon be two - or three, depending on how you look at the situation. If you want an iPad that costs less than $399 and you want it soon, you'll only have to wait until November 2nd - if several sources saying the same thing are accurate.