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

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




1. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

4. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

9. cheetah2k

Posts: 2225; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

2. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

3. android_hitman unregistered

better would have been to give it for free since it's an EU requirement greedy apple ... 19euros for a stupid adapter

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2225; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

WTF? $19 for an adaptor??

5. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

8. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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!

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2225; Member since: Jan 16, 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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