iPhone 5 Getting First Car Charger As Third-Party Lightning Accessories Arrive


Apple’s move from its 30-pin connector to the new Lightning port on the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iPad 4 may ultimately prove to be a benefit for compatible devices, but for the moment, it can be a severely limiting factor. Sure, Apple sells adapters to get some old 30-pin accessories working with new Lightning-supporting hardware, but there’s just not much of a selection available when it comes to new full-on Lightning gear. That situation may soon be improving thanks to Apple’s licensed third-party partners, upon news of Belkin’s first Lightning accessories shipping soon.

Belkin’s cooked-up a 12V car charger with a Lightning connector, as well as desktop dock. The car charger will sell for just about $30, which isn’t that bad when you consider that a spare Lightning-to-USB cable is already $20, which you’d then need to couple with a USB-supporting car charger.

The dock is a whole lot less impressive, since it’s little more than a shell that you still have to outfit with your own Lightning-to-USB cable. Still, this is at least a step in the right direction, and we expect to see a whole lot more Lighting-compatible iOS accessories arrive as we transition into 2013.

Both Belkin accessories should ship by November 15.

Source: Belkin

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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 bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!