Will the lightning connector ever be supported ?

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  1. mstikes

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    I was wondering if third party companies will ever support the lightning connector. It's been over a year since it came year and even companies like iHome only have a couple of models out. It's not only alarm clocks but all kinds of accessories that were supporting the old connector like exercise machines where you could dock your iPad and get all kinds of useful information.

    Now so many times when you check their website they always mention that they only support older devices. That problem can't be easily solved with an adapter or wireless.
     
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    For whatever reason most speaker manufacturers, and other stuff makers, seem to be concentrating on BlueTooth instead of a physical dock. Probably because it skips over the whole compatibility issue. With newer iOS devices and the 4.0 Bluetooth standard it's easier than it used to be to keep stuff paired.

    There are a few lightning port devices, but they are not being advertised much and require some online searching skills. Physical stores don't seem inclined to carry them.
     
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    Agreed, Bluetooth is the way to go since it takes a lot of the red tape out of the equation. The nature of the iPad seems to lean towards wireless connectivity options for most things.
     
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    Bluetooth wireless is not the same as a dock that keeps your device upwards and charged. For other devices like exercise machines it's much more difficult to transfer the information using Bluetooth instead of docking the iPad and using it as a monitor.
     
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    Surely you don't expect a gym to swap out all of its exercise machines just to support a newish lighting connector? That equipment will have to wear out before those machines get replaced and that has nothing to do with whether the lightning connector is being support, as new machines will likely have newer connectors.
     
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    I don't know where you got "the gym switching entire equipment" from ? I was talking about personal machines that consumers can buy like the iconcept stationary bikes that use the 8 pin connectors. There are dozens of other cool accessories that used the 16 pin connectors that were left in he dark when Apple came out with the new lightning. Since it's a proprietary, it's very difficult and expensive for third parties to implement it.
     
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    You should write to some of these companies letting them know you want this product. There are probably a lot more 30-pin devices in use than ones with lightning connectors. They only showed up in November 2012.
     
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    I'd like to make it clear that I was not trying to say docks are bad, or good. Only pointing out what seems to be the current trend, and a possible reason why.

    Rambling on, because:

    The more models of something you make the more it costs, and if most models don't sell well you can easily go bankrupt. Given that, a bluetooth model that is theoretically compatible with most tablets and smart phones is the cautious approach. The market is larger. With something like gym equipment, which is probably not the largest of consumer markets, the cautious approach is going to appeal.

    When the 30 pin connector was at it's prime Android devices were not nearly as wides spread as they are now, especially the top end phones. Now high end Android phones are common. Ignoring them is ignoring a lot of potential buyers. Creating two models of the same basic type means twice the marketing and more work all around for the same number of potential customers as a universal model 'might' bring in.

    You could probably reduce this by making one model with two smartphone accessory packs, but I haven't heard of anyone trying that approach.


    Done rambling on.
     
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    Not a dock or exercise equipment, but when I got my iRig (the digital one) it came with both 30 pin and Lightning connectors.
     
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    Th real problem is because of all the different size cases it's impossible for a dock manufacturer to make something that will work for the many. Put a case on your iDevice and there goes the dock.
     

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