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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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posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:05 4

2. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

The adapter costs £25!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 14:53

23. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 841; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 18:55

26. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:10 4

4. android_hitman (unregistered)

what a FAIL!!

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:12 3

5. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

Derka derka


posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:23 3

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

News keeps getting worst by the minute.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:46 2

7. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:47 2

9. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


posted on 13 Sep 2012, 08:51 4

10. doejon (Posts: 406; Member since: 31 Jul 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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:20 2

12. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Talk about greed.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 21:30

27. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 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.

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:22 8

13. tedkord (Posts: 13872; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:43 1

19. doejon (Posts: 406; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:36 2

14. devilfisch (Posts: 36; Member since: 07 Mar 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".

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 09:52 1

15. ericsorensen (Posts: 53; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:12 1

16. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:20 1

17. MartyK (Posts: 935; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Amazing, just Amazing....hahahahahah

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 10:30 1

18. MartyK (Posts: 935; Member since: 11 Apr 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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 11:12 3

20. Loubielou (Posts: 554; Member since: 11 Jul 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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 12:04 3

21. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 14:00 1

22. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 15:22

24. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

youve been iSuckered :P

posted on 13 Sep 2012, 16:09

25. hfacuba (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Sep 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

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 00:35

28. xfire99 (Posts: 934; Member since: 14 Mar 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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