Don't expect any cheap 3rd party iOS Lightning cables
1. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
Dont underestimate the Chinese. I bet you in months they will sell for pennies.
6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
agree with you... i really hate to agree with one of my friend when she said that chinese are inventors! haha
27. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
More like extremely smart copycats
19. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
True. If you live in the philippines, there's this store that sells low quality yet handy products. :D
CD-R king it is! >:)
22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
tumpak!! hahha!! they make cheap alternative but very cheap! sirain! but what do you expect?
31. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 393; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
We'll see them on Amazon for $1 within a year, I'm sure, as well as cheap adapters.
2. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
so anyone with the iphone 5 should get an adapter + ton of cheap cables ..XD that would save some money !
3. flexile (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
They force you to use their software just like they want and now...the hardware? Come on Apple! What's next? Earphones?
PS. Not that I hate Apple, but I really don't like things like that where they force you to buy something without other option basically.
4. Planterz (Posts: 2000; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
What the hell is wrong with micro USB?
Sincerely, every other modern device on the planet.
7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
well basically they are apple! they have their own world!!!
9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)
"We want to revolutionize the world with our new Lightning Connector."
11. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
i really dont know if apple is dumb of they just wanna make money..... i want steve back
24. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Apple was always proprietary. That includes when Steve was around.
23. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
right.. the apocalyptic world of apple.. hahaha..
13. Hemlocke (unregistered)
I'm not against a standard, but micro USB sucks, too. Give me a micro USB cable that can be inserted either way (like the Lightning), and I would be good.
14. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3638; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
I guess I really don't get how that's so bad. Oh no now I have to flip it over! I get that it would be easier to be able to insert them either way, but come on.
It's like I've said before everyone's trying to make the world idiot proof. What's next foam padding on all the sharp corners? An IQ test before you can purchase scissors? A waiting period for a needle and thread? Maybe if they can't figure out how to plug in the connector, they shouldn't be using a $500+ mini-computer/phone.
28. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
It's annoying when it's dark or you are either drowsy or drunk
Opps it won't work , flip it , somehow don't work either , flip it again , now it works !
But micro USB is still better than the old apple 30 pin connector , always find myself plugging it inverted
Lightning > micro USB > 30 pin connector
21. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
if everyone used lightning(instead of microusb) i would be fine with it.
25. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
But...wHo thinks this much while inserting a cable for charging your DeVICE??
Anything standard will be good...
16. Planterz (Posts: 2000; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Replying to my own comment...
I understand that, while having significant convenience disadvantages (micro USB being so common), there are advantages to the old Apple connector. Docking stereos, remotes, car stereo connectors, etc. If you have an iPhone or iPod, there's some cool toys out there that utilize Apple products better than other devices. Even then, most modern car and home stereos have auxillary inputs, so that mostly negates Apple's advantage, although functionality isn't quite as integrated or user-friendly.
Which is why this new "Lightning" cable makes no sense to me. Apple wants to be different? Fine, whatever. I don't agree, but whatever. But with this new connector, all those cool doohickies that worked with your iPod/iPhone before are no longer compatible.
A year ago, a coworker of mine had a Samsung BB phone, but no charger. It had a specific charging port, so several of us tried to find one that fit. We tried no less than 4 different Samsung branded chargers, and none fit. Now, finally and thankfully, that's no longer a problem. Pretty much EVERY non-Apple device uses the now-standard, universal micro USB (Samsung tablets being an exception, apparently).
Apple introducing a new connector on the iPhone 5 seems to me like a big FU to Apple fans. Maybe it's a marketing ploy to milk more money from their sheep customers, but I really dont' see how. More believeable, i see it as a big eff-up on their part, just like their Maps app. The vast, vast majority of iPhone 5 buyers are going to be owners of previous iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Hell, I'm an Android fanboy, and I own 2 iPods. That's why this new connector makes so little sense to me. It's a PITA enough owning both Android and Apple products having to have 2 different cords around, but now there's going to be people out there that need 3 different cords. The long-overdue, near-universal adaption of micro USB took long enough, and now Apple is going backwards in regards to daily convienence.
17. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
Not trying to be devil's advocate but micro USB is ubiquitous but how many alarm clocks, boomboxes, or any other accessory is "micro USB ready"? Yeah pretty much all audio accessories has a audio jack but in order to use your phone you need the nasty cable, how about walking into any best buy store and being conveniently able to try out all audio gadgets as easy as just popping in you phone into them? Android users would love that don't we?
If Apple went micro USB would lose that." exclusive" touch and lose a lot of profit in the process
Samsung would love to be able to do the same but they're perceived as a cheap option when compared to apple by a lot of people, own browser anyone?
26. andro. (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Apple doesn't want any other manufacturers chargers able to charge their 'premium' but highly damage prone iphone 5. Apple wants you to pay them for a charger,simple as that
30. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)
Apple's game plan:
Invent new proprietary cable.
Insert chip to prevent "copycats" and third party sales.
Clean up $$$ and create more waste all at once. WIN!
5. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 111; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
Another way for them to rake in profits....money grubbers
10. wendygarett (unregistered)
I don't wanna turn to iMutton :(
15. Aeires (unregistered)
18. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
Ordered 3 cables and 4 connectors on ebay. Hope they are good enough to charge the 3 iphone 5s in the house. If we have to buy only apples crazy priced cable, it would be enough for me to consider a crapdroid.
20. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
it'll be back to $1.00 in a few... no biggie
29. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
I ordered adapters for $5 each in eBay, it will be cheap....this article makes no sense.