iPhone 5: So Many Lightning Connectors, Which is For Me?

Lightning Connector

The iPhone 5 has a new port. It’s called the Lightning connector. It’s an 8-pin port that’s much smaller than the 30-pin connecter we’d grown to used to. The good news is that it’s more durable, and it is reversible, so it fits into the iOS device either way. The bad news is that you will either need new accessories, or you will need to purchase adapters. Here’s what Apple offers.

 

Lightning to 30 adapt

 

This is the standard adapter for the Lightning connector. It’s sold as the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter. It converts your 30-pin to Apple’s new 8-pin one. Here are some important things to note. It’s taken direct from Apple’s online store:

This adapter lets you connect devices with a Lightning connector to many of your 30-pin accessories.* Video and iPod Out not supported. (*Some 30-pin accessories are not supported.)

It supports the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th-gen, iPod nano 7th-gen. It’s $30, but it’s cheaper than buying a new iHome or Bose iPod system. Link

 

30-pin adapter cord

 

The Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2 m) is pretty much just like the connector above, but with some length to it. May be useful if you have an old charging cable and you want to use that, but add an extra bit of slack. Here is Apple’s description:

This adapter lets you connect devices with a Lightning connector to many of your 30-pin accessories.* Video and iPod Out not supported. (*Some 30-pin accessories are not supported.)

It works with the same devices: iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th-gen and iPod nano 7th-gen. Link

 

 

Lightning to USB Cable

The Lightning to USB cable isn’t like the other connectors. Rather than being an adapter for older accessories, it’s just the new standard USB cable for your iOS devices to Mac. Below is Apple’s description:

This USB 2.0 cable connects your iPhone or iPod with Lightning connector to your computer’s USB port for syncing and charging or to the Apple USB Power Adapter for convenient charging from a wall outlet.

 

What will I Need?

Every iOS device will come with the USB cable. It’s required. However, the adapters are another story.The small connector is ideal for those who just need to plug their iPod touch or iPhone into their iPod-compatiable speaker system. the other could work just as well, but would be needed if you had to have the extra few inches.

 


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