Apple to be the only supplier of new iPhone dock adapters

Apple to be the only supplier of new iPhone dock adapters
With Apple introducing a new 9-pin dock adapter on their newest iPhone next week, this is probably the worst time in history to purchase an iPhone docking accessory. That’s not to say that all of your accessories will be totally useless – you will be able to purchase an adapter cord that will successfully connect your shiny new 9-pin docking iPhone to your old 30-pin accessories. But according to a new report, you will only be able to do so from Apple.

In another example of how Apple uses its market position to enrich itself and stymie competition that could lower prices, iLounge is reporting from multiple sources that at launch Apple will be the only source of the cords that will be must-have accessories for those who have invested hundreds of dollars in accessories for previous iPhones. The cords will reportedly sell for around $10 each, or three for $29. Apple has explicitly turned down requests by vendors to develop competing cords.

Why would Apple do this? On the one hand it could be that they were simply trying to keep the switch a secret by limiting the number of OEMs that knew about the upcoming change, but if so they failed miserably at keeping the secret. We suspect the decision was driven more by the estimated $100 million dollars in revenue Apple will make from the cords in 2012 alone than any expectations of improved privacy.

According to the same partner sources ,Apple has given no indication of when (if ever) they will be allowed to make cords of their own. While making such cords without Apple’s help would not be much of a technical challenge, vendors fear that Apple intends to corner the market on accessory adapters in much the same way they did with MagSafe power cords for their laptops – in that case Apple used their licensing agreements and (you guessed it) the threat of lawsuits to prevent third party OEMS from making competing products that would have undercut their own cords.

We imagine that long-time users of Apple’s products won’t be too surprised by this sort of behavior, but at least some customers may be turned off. If Apple does pursue this route, is it the sort of thing that would bother you or does it not really register on your radar when phone shopping? Sound off in the comments section below!

source: iLoung

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96 Comments

1. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Surprised??

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, not surprised.

23. binerry

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Sometimes I feel like PhoneArena should be renamed to AndroidArena for all the Android Fanboys.

34. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

rather nokia arena+lg sponsoring from time to time

71. blahb

Posts: 48; Member since: May 16, 2012

Funny just yesterday I saw a comment referring to PhoneArena's iPhone fanboyism as iPhoneArena...

81. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Difference is...there is a demonstrable bias on PA toward apple products. See any other 3g phones on their list of top phones? As this article does not mention android AT ALL, it is only your blind devotion that makes you see legitimate issues with their corporate greed as involving android in any way whatsoever. Enjoy your new cord! After dropping $10 bucks for one at least you will have one free hand to play with it.

95. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

They're reporting the news. Its not Phonearena's fault that Apple is doing these douche moves that's eventually going to make them the next Blackberry. Outdated tech with crap policies and innovations from 3 years ago leads to failed companies. This next iPhone launch could be a huge turning point for the company. It could actually give validity to the company again given the subpar products they've been releasing or have people wishing Steve Jobs were still around to at least trick them into thinking its better than it is.

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Apple customers should know that by purchasing highly overpriced products you are just increasing depreciation of currency and it affects whole financial and economic situation, it is one of the reasons why begins various financial and economic crisis. So, "THANK YOU" Apple customers for your contribution to the current financial and economic situation in whole Europe and US. ;)

39. binerry

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Oh, so you're an economics major?

44. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, I'm not, but you don't have to be economist to know that. It is basics and you can learn about that in almost any institution of higher education even if your specialty is not related with economics, it is basics. ;)

69. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

No worse, he's an Android fanboy. He openly admitted he just hates Apple, so when he comments, just keep in mind where he's coming from. And what he said about the economy doesn't really make sense. First, in most countries, the iPhone isn't expensive ($199 in the US). If you want to talk about high prices, bring up the Droid Bionic and Razr Maxx when it first launched at $299. Whether a product is "overpriced" is ultimatley up to each individual consumer, so you don't get to decide. And even if iPhone was expensive, buying expensive products doesn't ruin the economy. What messes it up is when manufacturers lower the retail prices to much lower than its actually worth, so the businesses actual lose money with every sale.

77. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"No worse, he's an Android fanboy." Just because I publish that I hate Apple, that doesn't mean that I'm fan of Android or any other OS. I'm fan of technologies and when I'm choosing device, I pay attention to specifications and other technical things, quality and so on. So it is doesn't matter if it is Android, WP or any other brand. "He openly admitted he just hates Apple..." No, I didn't admited that I JUST hate Apple so, please don't lie! I told that I have my own opinion about Apple as a company so, it is not JUST a hate for no reasons, it is my opinion and my principles. I don't like Apple as a company because of Apples politics and morality. How they achieve their objectives and goals. "And what he said about the economy doesn't really make sense." Actually it makes, maybe only for you it doesn't make any sense or maybe you just ignoring that. If you know at least basics of economy, then you should know that when people are purchasing UNREASONABLE - BASELESS overpriced products, they are increasing depreciation of currency. "First, in most countries, the iPhone isn't expensive..." Actually your statement is totally wrong because it is vice versa, in most countries (except US) iPhone is more expensive than any other phone, it is highly overpriced. So before making statement, check your facts! For example in my country (all devices without any contract): iPhone 4S (16GB) todays cost is: ~ 840 USD Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) todays cost is: ~ 711 USD HTC One X todays cost is: ~ 696 USD Analogous situation is also in other countries such like a: Germany; Russia; Ukraine; Poland; Holland and so on... Also I have heard that in Asia iPhone is also highly overpriced.

88. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Regardless of why you hate Apple, its crazy to suggest that the economy of Europe and US would be better without Apple. "in most countries (except US) iPhone is more expensive than any other phone" - Dude! You just said that the iPhone contributed to the economic instability in U.S. and now you're contradicting yourself, lol. I think your hate for Apple (for whatever reason it may be) is affecting your ability to think clearly and rationally And most people don't buy iPhone's at retail price. And when comparing the iPhone to devices like the SGIII, you can easily feel the difference. The GSIII is a powerful device, but its still pretty light and cheap feeling. Again, its up to the consumer on what they think is worth the price tag.

89. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"... its crazy to suggest that the economy of Europe and US would be better without Apple." I didn't say that economy would be better without Apple. I said that "when people are purchasing UNREASONABLE - BASELESS overpriced products, they are increasing depreciation of currency" and this rule applicable for Apple's iPone because it is overpriced product. Not Apple, but Apple's customers are making disservice for economy. "You just said that the iPhone contributed to the economic instability in U.S. and now you're contradicting yourself, lol." No, I'm not. Because depreciation of currency can be and is not only local but also global "phenomenon". I have mentioned Europe and U.S. because economic crisis most affected them, Asia was affected less. And anyway economic instability in Europe is also not good for U.S. because economy is closely linked. "I think your hate for Apple (for whatever reason it may be) is affecting your ability to think clearly and rationally" No. "And most people don't buy iPhone's at retail price." So you want to say that in most cases single person for his or her personal needs buys a dozen iPhones at wholesale price? You are kidding right? Only resellers buys iPhones at wholesale price, individuals buys at retail price! "Again, its up to the consumer on what they think is worth the price tag." I was talking not about "philosophical" price but about material price, for example: Parts + Manufacturing + Profit = iPhone's price (It is highly overpriced). Did you know that relatively iPhone's parts and manufacturing doesn't cost more than lets say Samsung's Galaxy S III or HTC's One X, but iPhone is still MORE expensive. Why? Because it is OVERPRICED (Greedy Profit)!

93. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"I didn't say that economy would be better without Apple" -I didn't say you said it, but that is exactly what you're SUGGESTING. You said "So, "THANK YOU" Apple customers for your contribution to the current financial and economic situation in whole Europe and US." You're basically saying "Stop buying Apple products" Am I misreading something? "Not Apple, but Apple's customers are making disservice for economy." - so this is the new argument for android fans to rally against Apple. "If you buy an iPhone, you're destroying the economy"....very creative, I like it. "depreciation of currency can be and is not only local but also global "phenomenon"." - global phenomenon....you have to be kidding me. So Apple is contributing in messing up the European market, which then messes up the US market, which then influences the Asian market, etc etc. Wow, I didn't know Apple was so damn influential!!! If there is any affect it all, its extremely minor. There are things like the stock market and prices of houses, cars, food, taxes that play such a HUGE part in our economy. And here we are talking about Apple.....stupid It's weird, a lot of people say that Apple is actually helping the economy. Maybe they're all just crazy

40. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Nope. Cough...cough...antitrust... Sorry I got the anticompetitive flu again.

42. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Prepare to be gouged!!! It costs about .22 to make in China...

2. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

haha Apple is on a roll. just keepin' the greed.

70. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

We don't know if this is just initial to keep the iPhone secret. I mean if companies are blabbing to the web that Apple denied them, they could've confirmed a 9pin connector if Apple had not rejected..

3. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Huh, typical of Apple.

4. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Aah apple ... Always going after money ... Apple deserve to go bankrupt

24. binerry

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I'd gladly pay a little extra knowing I will get a quality product. Everyone's experiences are different, but I don't seem to have the Apple product problems that other people do. What business doesn't focus on money?

58. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You sure only apple can make quality accessories, does brands likes Belkin, Logitech ring a bell. Besides, cables are just cables and no one has attempted to cornered the market. I would like to see apple try and the types of lawsuits its will bring forth. You can called us fandroid but the truth is that we are consumer just like you.

6. Trollonka_KeKe_Jackson

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Don't forget About the Chinese.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Perhaps the money gouged from this new cable sales will go towards paying off goophone?!

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Well well well,apple making the $$$$$$ again. Change the charger,to hell with current and previous idocks etc,to hell with legal micro usb charger (in Europe anyhow),apple introduces its own charger and you can only buy an official apple version of it. Its so ridiculous its funny!

9. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Not suprising knowing how apple probably has to earn more money for all the money they've spent against samsung on lawyers and legal fees

10. JessJess unregistered

To be quite honest, whenever I buy anything electronic of any value, I always look for the cables created by the manufacturer (rather than third parties) first. Especially if its a newly released product. I wouldn't just grab some random brand cables. But that's just me, and im very OCD about that sort of thing. "The cords will reportedly sell for around $10 each, or three for $29." So its not really a deal breaker anyway.

21. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Apple is happy that there are a lot of people like you always ready to pay more for less

25. JessJess unregistered

It's a cable.

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