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Design-tweaked iPad mini WiFi-only tip insiders while iPad 3 gets Lightning

Design-tweaked iPad mini WiFi-only tip insiders while iPad 3 gets Lightning

The iPad mini is likely to be WiFi-only, sources claim, and accompanied by a refreshed iPad 3 with Lightning connector and broader LTE support, though last-minute design changes could shake up Apple's launch. Tipped to be a 7.85-inch slate hoping to bring Apple's tablet success to a mid-point between the existing new iPad and the iPod touch, the iPad mini will lack 3G/4G, according to the Guardian's insiders, so as to help keep prices down and maintain the larger model's halo.

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Apple Lightning Dock Connector begins shipping

Apple Lightning Dock Connector begins shipping

Apple's Lightning Adapter for the iPhone 5 has begun to ship, with the dongle - that allows older Dock Connector accessories and chargers to be hooked up to the new smartphone - finally headed out to buyers. Shoppers in Australia have received shipping notifications that the Lighting to 30-pin Adapter is on its way, MacRumors reports, though Apple's online store still only lists a vague "October" for a shipping estimate.

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Apple Lighting port not identical on both sides

Apple Lighting port not identical on both sides

A bit of investigation done on Apple's iPhone 5 and the Lightning cord and docking port this week has turned up an oddity: the pins on both sides are not the same as one another. It would appear, according to Double Helix Cables' own pro Peter that the 8-pin lineup is not in the same order on both sides of the cord's head. Because of his discovery that one pin does the same as the pin that's directly behind it, Peter has proven that Apple must be using some sort of process to dynamically identify which pin order the cord is currently using - depending on which side is up and which is down, that is.

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Lightning may bring USB host ability to iPhone 5

Lightning may bring USB host ability to iPhone 5

Up until this point with Apple mobile products, only the iPad has been able to work as a USB host - in a limited way - with the 30-pin dock and an adapter that only works to push photos from your 3rd party camera to your tablet. An iPhone 5 report today comes from Macotakara in Japan where they've got some insight - but not quite final confirmation - that the new Lightning connector Apple has revealed this week has added to the iPhone the ability to work as USB host. With this ability it is possible that users would be able to use essentially any accessory with the device that you can connect with a USB cord - keyboards, cameras, and MIDI controllers, oh my!

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B&O offers free iPhone 5 Lighting upgrade for pricy BeoPlay A8 dock

B&O offers free iPhone 5 Lighting upgrade for pricy BeoPlay A8 dock

Ever wondered whether it's worth shelling out the extra cash for a Bang & Olufsen system rather than cheaper rivals? B&O's free Lightning upgrade deal for the BeoPlay A8 might convince you; the company has confirmed that all existing and new owners of the eye-catching iPhone and iPod speaker-dock will get a free Lighting adapter that seamlessly switches over with the legacy 30-pin Dock Connector.

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iPhone 5 Lightning confusion prompts accessory stampede

iPhone 5 Lightning confusion prompts accessory stampede

iPhone 5 demand may be high, but confusion over what accessories will work with the phone and which adapters are included or even available is even higher. Some pre-order customers have been left scratching their heads over using the Lightning connector with existing accessories, after an initial promise on Apple's webstore that a Lighting to 30-pin Dock Connector dongle was included with the iPhone 5 was subsequently removed.

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iPhone 5 Lightning connector adapters priced

iPhone 5 Lightning connector adapters priced

So, we know that the iPhone 5 will come with a different connector than what we're used to seeing. However, if you have some devices with a 30-pin connector laying around, the iPhone 5's new Lightning connector is probably going to cause some problems. That's where Apple's new adapters come in - they were detailed earlier today at Apple's event, but the company didn't talk pricing while it was up on stage.

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