Is the 30-pin to Lightning adapter incompatible with old Apple accessories?

Is the 30-pin to Lightning adapter incompatible with old Apple accessories?
Just a few days ago, the first 30-pin to Lightning adapters started leaving Apple's warehouse. In case you have an iPhone 5 and want to use your existing accessories with it, you've probably ordered one as well. Unfortunately, you might be in for a disappointment soon after the adapter lands on your doorsteps. 

According to at least one iPhone 5 owner who got to test the 30-pin to Lightning adapter, certain accessories do not work. Among them are the official SD card reader, USB reader, and VGA/HDMI out accessories sold by Apple. In addition, he had an iPhone-compatible blood pressure monitor by Withings, but it also refused to cooperate. And that must have been very disappointing for him, considering that the adapter is sold for $29 by Apple. On the bright side of things, it has been confirmed that speaker docks work just fine.

Of course, there's always the chance that a defective adapter has been delivered, but whether that's the case remains to be confirmed. Anyone who has also received their 30-pin to Lightning converters are free to share their experience with us down in the comments!

source: TUAW

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19 Comments

2. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

why are apple trying to ruin their branding it's the only thing carrying them right now

7. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Don't worry, Apple will sell you a substitution for ~$30. That price is very very reasonable, affordable for a fantastic new adapter, cus "Apple focuses on Product, not Profit"

14. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

lol yeah

11. chinochinochino

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

I don't want to defend Apple since the only thing speaking for this new connector right now seems to be the fact that you can insert it in either direction... but still, if you want to introduce new technology compromises have to be made. In the past I've been a huge fan of this clear-cut policy with Apple and since my next phone won't be an Apple product any more I do have to rebuy all the assecory anyways. It's like with Microsoft cutting upgrade-support to current gen phones because of a technology shift - only in hardware. It has Pro's and Con's but should make anyone calling them out...

3. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

apple : " it is easy , buy all accessories again "

9. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

more like "you're holding it wrong. just avoid holding it in that way,"

4. Kostas_13

Posts: 43; Member since: Sep 07, 2012

Apple is falling apart. This whole iPhone 5 story was a mess right from the beginning.

5. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

ANOTHER USELESS ARTICLE.... the title is a rly stupid question...we allready know the answer -_-" and who cares if its compatible or not....

12. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

We care, This column is posted so that we will become aware that there is a problem with the adapters so we would wait until it is corrected and buy a good adapter. I afraid that your comment is useless with typos....

6. Aeires unregistered

Take it back and get a different phone until Apple fixes it. Problem solved. No one is forcing these people to buy the 5 model.

10. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

will apple ever fix it? lol

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha... btw thanks Nick T for always bringing the sweet, salty news, rumours and stories!

13. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Apple's answer: buy an adapter which you have to use with the faulty adapter

17. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

BAHAHAHAH Side splitting!!!! Loved IT!!!

15. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I guess the Apple made adaptor wasnt an Apple authorized accessory.

16. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

People just look for a reason to bitch and moan. Apple used the same adapter for 9 YEARS! How many companies can say they used the same adapter for that long? NOBODY! Nobody complained when all other companies used proprietary adapters and switched to mini-USB. Nobody complained when they changed again to micro-USB. Change is difficult, people. Change must be made to progress, however.

18. KaiTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

MiniUSB is the same as MicroUSB from a signal perspective, only the connector is different, so that's a bad analogy. You can buy a USB replacement cable for $5 and you are golden. The Apple lightning connector issue will not be fixed, because it lacks a good chunk of the signals (analog) the 30 pin connector provided. So don't hold your breath people...

19. marctorres

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

another marketing strategy...lol

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