/// Apple’s New Lightning Connector: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

September 15, 2012  |  All Things Digital


Along with the iPhone 5 and its refreshed iPod line , Apple introduced something else this week: Its new 8-pin Lightning connector. The change from the old 30-pin connector to the new format was expected, but that doesn’t make it any less of a headache for consumers. The Lightning connector leaves those who have products designed for the old connector needing to buy a $29 or $39 adapter to use their old chargers and accessories with the iPhone 5. Even then, Apple says the adapter will not work with some products. It’s all a bit confusing and frustrating for iOS device users who have invested a lot of money into compatible accessories. So why the change? Which accessories will work with the iPhone 5 and new iPods? If you’re planning on purchasing one of these devices, here are a few things you need to know about the Lightning connector. What is it? The Lightning connector replaces the 30-pin connector that’s been used on iOS devices since 2003

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