Apple’s New Lightning Connector Will Not Work With All Accessories Even With Adaptor

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    Apple proudly introduced its new Lightning dock connector yesterday, with the iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPod nano being the first devices to be fitted with the connector. Although the new connector will only be compatible with new accessories made especially for it (and currently only made in-house by Apple), it was thought that the new adaptors that would also be on sale would solve the problem for anyone who wanted to use their new device with old equipment. Now though, What HiFi? says that even the new, costly adaptor might not solve the problem, as the new Lightning connector is not compatible with all old devices, mainly because it does not output an analogue signal, meaning that any equipment that requires an analogue audio signal (i.e. lots of equipment!) will not work with the connector. In fact it even says on Apple’s own site that “some 30-pin accessories are not supported.†Apple has apparently told What HiFi? that the connector should work fine with current docks, but they have yet to confirm this is the case. Apparently other tech websites are also convinced that the Lightning connector will not output an analogue audio signal.


    Source: iPhone 5 and iPods won't work with some existing kit
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    Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to break with the past. It can be painful.
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    So true...
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    There might be an upside for those who want to cling faithfully to the past: Maybe all the old accessories will go on deep sale. There are plenty of 30-pin devices that will be usable for a long time to come, though they're being turned into relics, lol.
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    While there is some truth to what you say, this break is really not that painful.
    The company just announced the EOL for the 3GS (although I think iOS 6 will still work) after 3 years. The phone itself will still be a serviceable device.
    The 4 and 4S will still be serviceable for several years to come.
    Those that wish to ride the cutting edge of the technology wave will go buy a new phone, test all the new periphs and post the results online so that in 3 months those that waited can make a decision based on that research. I think this is, as usual, a win-win.
    In 1 - 1 1/2 years this will be a footnote in Wikipedia. Now it is fodder for the Apple haters.
    Haters gonna hate, po-ta-toes gonna potate and Apple users are gonna be called fanboys...... But we will always have the coolest gadgets. :)
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    so does this dock connector change affirm ipad 4?
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    as i posted in iphone forum when i ordered my iPhone 5 this morning the sales person told i needed one of these adaptors in order to charge my new phone in the car,this turns out not to be the case and i canceled it later,not very pleased at being given misleading information.
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    Strange that an Apple rep could be so clueless. Common sense indicates that the adapter is meant to bridge old and new, not to charge a new device that already comes with the new charger for free.
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    Or did you order from a clueless reseller?
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    best of it is i had to phone Apple back to reorder my phone because of an error at the bank and the second sales person i spoke to also thought i should have one.....unbelievable eh!....
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    Geez. Training (and logic) apparently in short supply.
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    thing is i'm thinking....i should have known that but you tend to believe what the "experts" tell you when something has been changed.
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    Fixed that for you. :)
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    I know what you mean. That happens.
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    I think the $30 price for the adapter is ridiculous.
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    £30 here in the UK.
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    Ouch.
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    I know,bit of a crafty move on Apples part,theres lots of complaints from people who having paid a lot of money to order iphone 5 now need to shell out more on this adaptor.
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    Aren't there 2 adapters? One to convert to the old 30pin connector and one to convert to micro usb (to comply with that euro thing where all devices should be able to be charged with a single connector type?)
    I guess the last one is the one the euro sales reps suggest for in-car charging compatibility with what you may already have.
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    This is the Euro adapter: Apple appeases European lawmakers with Lightning-to-microUSB adapter -- Engadget

    How would it be used to car charge?

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