By Stephen Schenck | September 12, 2012 5:38 PM
Last week, we heard a rumor about what Apple might be thinking for letting everyone who has a bunch of old 30-pin iPhone accessories continue to use them with the iPhone 5 and its new, smaller, Lightning connector. Back then, the word was that Apple was likely to charge about $10 a pop for the adapters, which seemed pretty reasonable. Now that the iPhone 5 and Lightning connector are official, Apple has added the adapter to its online store, and it turns out those rumors were way off when it comes to pricing.
For the compact adapter, which plugs right into the bottom of the iPhone 5 and gives you a 30-pin port, you’ll pay $29. A cable-based version, with the Lightning connector on one end and a 30-pin port on the other, is even more expensive at $39.
What’s worse, you don’t even get full compatibility with existing accessories, as neither of these adapters support features like video-out. For this kind of money, we would have hoped that there’d be some kind of on-board circuitry to accommodate video output even with this reduced pin count, but that simply isn’t coming to pass.