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

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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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posted on 11 Oct 2012, 05:39 4

2. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1241; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 06:05 9

7. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 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"

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 08:00

14. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1241; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

lol yeah

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:21

11. chinochinochino (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Oct 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...

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 05:48 9

3. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:08 1

9. pegasso (Posts: 285; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 05:51 8

4. Kostas_13 (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 05:53 2

5. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

ANOTHER USELESS ARTICLE.... the title is a rly stupid question...we allready know the answer -_-"

and who cares if its compatible or not....

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:28

12. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 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....

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 05:54 2

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.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:20

10. doejon (Posts: 410; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

will apple ever fix it? lol

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 06:11 1

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 07:34 2

13. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 11:56

17. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 09:50 2

15. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 11:23

16. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 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.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 12:26 1

18. KaiTech (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Mar 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...

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 07:12

19. marctorres (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

another marketing strategy...lol

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