Apple Unveils Lightning – New Smaller iPhone Dock Connector


Is it just me or did anybody else hear “Bohemian Rhapsody” playing in their heads when Apple announced this morning that the new dock connector on their iPhone and iPod devices (and any upcoming iPads we would presume) has been named ‘Lightning’?

Thunderbolt (Apple’s other signature interface) and lightning may have been very very frightening for Queen, but it is very very exciting for most everybody else. (I may be dating myself here if there are any of you who have no idea what I am talking about, if that includes you I highly recommend a trip to your favorite search engine.)

This new dock connector offers users of the latest iPhone 5 and iPod Touch and Nano devices a brand new way to get connected. Apple claims the inspiration (and need) came from the iPhone 5 becoming thinner and lighter and honestly that makes some sense –supporting a large dock connector was taking up valuable device real-estate.

The new connector is a lot smaller and by Apple’s accounts a lot better. It is an all-digital, eight-signal design that boasts being “significantly more durable than the 30-pin connector.” While that all sounds great, my wishes were heard and the new connector is finally reversible! Now there is “no wrong way to plug in the cable”, something I invariably did the first time I plugged my iPhone in… every time.

One of the biggest concerns that many people had when considering a change in the existing 30-pin adapter we had all become familiar with was what would become of our existing accessories. Nobody wants to throw away their favourite 10 foot charging cable or FM transmitter and add the costs of replacing them to the price of their new iPhone or iPod. Fortunately Apple took mercy on us and simultaneously released an adapter that will bridge the old to the new.

Reserving the right for full-judgement until hands can be set upon the new dock connector, it looks like a very nice improvement on a very nicely upgraded lineup of devices.

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  • RobHWales

    Fortunately Apple took mercy on us and simultaneously released an adapter that will bridge the old to the new.

    Yeah but look at the prices of the adapters – £25 / $29 and up. That’s a lot of money on top of the phone. They don’t even provide one in the box