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Apple comforts Europe's charging connector standard with a EUR 19 Lightning to microUSB adapter

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Apple comforts Europe's charging connector standard with a EUR 19 Lightning to microUSB adapter
The European Union has its strict standards in place that every phone has to use a good old microUSB for charging and transfer now. Apple unveiled a new dock connector called Lightning yesterday, but it is a far cry from microUSB, despite being much smaller than the 30-pin one it was using until now.

The all-digital reversible connector calls for an adapter to hook up older accessories with the 30-pin one, and the adapter will be on sale in October for $29. You can also get a spare Lightning to USB cable for plugging into your computer, for $19, the traditional pricing, or splurge $39 on a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter with cable.

Now Apple appeared with a fourth one, which it seems will be available in Europe, in order to circumvent the microUSB requirement. It is, you guessed it, a Lightning to microUSB adapter, and will set you back EUR 19 when it hits stores in a few days from now. Have a look at the Lightning adapter family in the slideshow below.

source: Apple

 

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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 04:00 7

1. tahnik (Posts: 132; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Now that is a very good move...Though i still don't see any reason to buy this phone...:P

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:11 5

4. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


This is only good for Apple making more money, how it will benefit you? EU made this law to cut back on waste created by cell phone makers(proprietary chargers, adapters, docks...) and this is just wrong.
I agree with the rest of your comment.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 18:30

9. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Why not just make the iPhone 5 with a microUSB port like every other phone out there???

FFS Apple.... Why do you always have to be the odd one out.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 04:13 11

2. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Would have been best if they had used Micro USB
but hey its apple, incompatability is in the name :(

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 04:25 11

3. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


better would have been to give it for free since it's an EU requirement

greedy apple ... 19euros for a stupid adapter

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 18:31

10. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


WTF? $19 for an adaptor??

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 05:19 6

5. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Why should i pay for something that is requirement? Is this not breaking a law?

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:26

8. McLTE (Posts: 639; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


wow.. the money Apple will make from these ridiculous adapter alone is crazy!

19 euros for that thing? That's nuts!

I will say though, that I wish that the standard micro USB connector was this one.. the current micro USB connector is so fragile and I have seen the connectors break easily and the little tiny wafer thin board on the phone side break as well.

This is a very well thought out and engineered connector.. HOWEVER.. so irritating that Apple once again has to go proprietary!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 18:36

11. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I really feel for the people who have recently bought devices with docks based on the old connector. 99% of them wont seat the iPhone 5 properly with the adaptor in place...

IMO, the iPhone 5 should come with these adaptors FREE OF CHARGE..

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