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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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iPhone 5 Lightning dock connector revealed to run alongside Thunderbolt

iPhone 5 Lightning dock connector revealed to run alongside Thunderbolt

This week Apple showed off a brand new dock connector for their iPhone 5, and likely for the rest of their mobile line eventually, called Lightning. This cord uses an "all-digital 8-signal design" with an adaptive interface - works with either side up - and is 80 percent smaller than the previous iPod dock solution. This little beast has "improved durability" over the previous cords Apple has worked with and Apple has shown off an Adapter as well - the adapter here will allow you to work with the old 30-pin dock connector too if you've got those kinds of accessories.

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