iPhone 5 Lightning to 30-pin adaptor won’t work with some existing accessories (false alarm)

iPhone 5 Lightning to 30-pin adaptor won’t work with some existing accessories (false alarm)
The Apple iPhone 5 is coming with a brand new 8-pin Lightning connector that is not compatible with the current 30-pin connector used on the iPhone and iPad all until now. Apple told us not to worry too much as it has the adaptor so you’d still be able to use your accessories, but not all of them.

And that’s worth stressing - the adaptor doesn’t transport analog signal so accessories requiring that analog signal won’t work. Now, it turns out that most audio devices require exactly that, the analog output, and that’s why it’s possible that if you want to use your audio equipment with the new iPhone 5 and the adaptor you might not be able to.

The best thing to do would be to just try it if possible or check with the manufacturer of your accessories whether those particular gadgets will work with the adaptor.

source: What Hi-Fi

UPDATE: False alarm, folks. It looks like the adapter supports analog audio out and USB audio. What it really does not support is a feature called "iPod Out", which is used to connect the iPhone to a car's multimedia system via USB.

source: TUAW

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2. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

The adapter costs £25!

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Give it 6 months and they'll be $5 on Amazon.

26. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

4. android_hitman unregistered

what a FAIL!!

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Derka derka JIHAD

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

News keeps getting worst by the minute.

7. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

On the next iPhone apple will introduce the 'nano usb' that is compatible with nothing and needs a new adaptor not too expensive available only in apple stores

9. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012


10. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

lol they want to bring for each accessory another adapter 4 of course for each adapter 30$ hahahaha damn that get realy tooooo priciee

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Talk about greed.

27. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Just so you guys know, not even the iPhone 4S is compatible with all previous accessories. That's why when your purchase an accessory, it tells which which versions of the iPhone/iPod/iPad its compatible with.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not to worry. Apple will also offer an adapter for the adapter to allow analog transport, for only $25 more.

19. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012


14. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Assuming the majority of iDevice speakers use analog signals this means that if you have invested on several of those then upgrading to a new iDevice with a Lightning port makes your speakers very expensive paperweights! That's not very nice. I assume Apple placed the headset plug at the bottom to make up for the lack of analog on the Lightning port. If the clearance of the Lighting port and the audio plug is similar for the new devices (iPhone 5, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano) then it's probably a good indication that they want to milk their customers a lot more with another "Lighting with Analog Audio adapter".

15. ericsorensen

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Won't that jumbo adapter cover up stuff on the phone?

16. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I actually like Apple's products...but $29 for an adapter that MAY work with your stereo dock? That just seems silly.

17. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Amazing, just Amazing....hahahahahah

18. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I guess when the Iphone-6 comes out, the 8-pin Lightning connector & accessories won't work with it, you would have to buy a 6-pin Thunder connector with accessories... Then you will have Lightning and Thunder...hahahahah

20. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Anyone who buys the iPhone5 should be offered this adaptor in the Accessories included,Apple just love ripping people of money an they know they can get away with it,Just proofs that Apple never gave any thought to those people who have bought Dab Radio an Speakers with old adaptors on them an,they got it totally wrong doing this

21. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

So many fails yet people will still queue up to get the new iPhone. This shows how the IQ of humanity is every day rapidly dropping down. It's very worrying

22. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Its natural selection. These people won't get very far =) for us, the others, there is Android & there is WP8!

24. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

youve been iSuckered :P

25. hfacuba

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

All this was known, because Apple wants is to keep all users as slaves, to continue taking away your money. Want to get your freedom?. Switch to an open OS like Android

28. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Well, doesnt matter, iSheeps dont know the different between iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. So they wont know the different between 30 pin and 8 pin connector. They plug it in, ohh its broken and then go to store to try have it replaced. Thats iSheeps way to do things.

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