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Apple to Offer Lightning-to-MicroUSB Adapter

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Sep 13, 2012, 7:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Apple revealed today that European customers will be able to purchase an adapter than allows the iPhone 5 to connect to microUSB cables (pictured). A new adapter is available from Apple's U.K. web site that will connect microUSB cables to the iPhone 5's Lightning port. European markets have been more strict about Union-wide use of standardized ports. Most cell phones worldwide ship with microUSB ports. It's unclear if the microUSB adapter will be made available to U.S. consumers. Apple is offering two adapters in the U.S. that will connect the Lighting port to the 30-pin connector that has been used by Apple for nearly 10 years. The adapters cost $29 and $39.

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furyx639

Sep 13, 2012, 10:30 AM

Great job Apple, more technological waste!

There was no reason they couldn't have just made the iPhone 5 microUSB. They're both using USB 2.0 so they will both have the same limitations on speed. The only advantage is that lightning is reversible, which is very nice, but unfortunately not the industry standard.

They're contributing to technological waste, have instantly made thousands of docks and adapters mostly useless (the legacy adapter looks ugly).

I understand they are a business, and they want to do what's right for their bank accounts, but it'd be nice for them to do what's right for the world and their consumers for a change.
I would hope that some company (it certainly won't be apple) will come out with a reverse adapter... basically you could insert an adapter into an existing 30-pin dock that will then hold a new iPhone5 or new iPod touch. One that mimics one of the ol...
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but makes those "useless docks and adapters" useful again..

They could have simply said "eff you" to the manufacturers of those docks and adapters and said you need to comply to the new specifications of the new iPhone.
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so for the last TEN years it was the same connector and now they update it and people cry WTF ! Rolling Eyes
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"I understand they are a business, and they want to do what's right for their bank accounts..."

Do you really?

"...it'd be nice for them to do what's right for the world and their consumers for a change."

Why?

I've said it before (usuall...
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