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$18 Lightning to 30-pin adapter hits Amazon

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$18 Lightning to 30-pin adapter hits Amazon
For something as basic as a cable converter, the Lightning to 30-pin adapter sure is pricey. Each iPhone 5 user who wants to use their existing accessories will have to drop anything from $29 to $39 in order to get one from Apple. That is because the gizmo isn't a passive device – inside it is contained a tiny chip inside that handles digital-to-analog signal conversion., which is why the converter comes at a steeper price than one would expect.

$18 Lightning to 30-pin adapter hits Amazon
Thankfully, alternatives have already popped up on Amazon and are retailing for considerably less. The adapter you see in the photo is priced at $18 and is being offered by a third-party company called Nanotch. It won't be ready to ship for a while, however, given that it can only be pre-ordered at this time. As it is stated in its description, it enables iPhone 5 owners to use their old accessories and features a 20 centimeter long cord.

But can a third-party accessory maker be trusted? Well, we cannot really say with absolute certainty until enough user feedback have been submitted. On one hand, unofficial 30-pin to USB cables have been around for years and have been working just fine. But on the other, you get what you pay for, so early buyers should proceed at their own risk before hitting that "Add to cart" button.

source: Amazon via 9to5Mac

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posted on 17 Sep 2012, 02:45

1. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It could well be from the same factories who are supplying to Apple and essentially the same thing. Private Label?

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 09:36 1

2. mas11 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


"But if I buy it from the Apple store for only $12 more I can have a genius help me set it up." -Your Average iPhone User

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 18:41

7. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I thumb you up for honesty ;)

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 09:43

3. PhoneCritic (Posts: 331; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Correct me if I am wrong but was it not mentioned that Apple was the only one that would offer this solution and that it forbid any other third party from manufacturing this converter?

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 11:23 1

4. tntwit (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


You cannot "Dock" the device with a cord between the accessory and the device. It'll be flopping all over. I wanted a new Nano, but as the converter from Apple is likely to be incompatible with analog devices, my speaker dock will be worthless, so I guess I stick with the old device for now.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 18:38

6. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I wanted the new nano too. But I find the new design quite ugly. The white face against the colour back "is not an elegant solution"... >_< May have to go for the ipod touch instead.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 15:13

5. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I knew 3rd parties would start making their own adaptors. A few weeks ago it spread through the internet that Apple was going to ban all others from making adaptors so they can be the only ones to sell it and reap all the profits... the internet is way too fanatic.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 06:36

8. stuartdigital (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


I dont see what all the fuss is about with this lightning adapter, its fast, small and great technology, plus there will be loads of third parties manufacturers making it available at a much more reasonable price, i bought mine athttp://www.lightningadapter.com received the next day and works great.

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