How Will You Use Old Accessories With The iPhone 5?

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By now, it’s pretty clear that Apple’s next iPhone will introduce a radically redesigned dock connector, shrinking things down and cutting back on pins. If you’ve got a good deal of hardware that interfaces with through the existing 30-pin connector, you’re no doubt groaning about how you’ll have to pick up all new accessories once you upgrade to the iPhone 5. Well, unless you have an adapter, that is. A new rumor suggests that Apple will be the exclusive provider of such hardware, which it might sell for $10 a pop.

That doesn’t sound like all that much money, and given what Apple charges for similar adapters, it’s right in line with the rest. Of course, this is all a matter of scale, and even at just $10 per unit, Apple stands to take in millions considering the size of its user base.

The source behind this info doesn’t close the door completely on the possibility of third-part manufacturers releasing their own adapters sometime in the future, but it sounds like Apple might have a lock on the market for the all-important first few months of the iPhone 5’s life; after all, that when we’d presume a large portion of users who will be needing one (or more) of these adapters will be upgrading.

Source: iLounge
Via: iMore

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!