Apple’s iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano that were unveiled on Wednesday came with a new dock connector dubbed Lightning, which replaced the 30-pin dock connector that was first launched in 2003.
Apple also launched two adapters for the new Lightning connector, which will allows users to connect their iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch and 7th generation iPod nano to 30-pin accessories.
But Apple has come under a lot of fire for pricing the Lightning to 30-pin dock connector for $29 and Lightning to 30-pin dock connector (0.2m cable) for $39.
It was widely speculated that Apple would hold the exclusive right to make and sell such adapters, denying third parties the required licenses, at least initially.
But 9to5Mac has discovered that at least couple of accessory manufacturers who have started taking pre-orders for the Lightning to 30-pin dock connector.
A company called Nanotch is selling it for $17.95 and lists the following features:
- Lightning cable adapter for newest generation of Apple products.
- Adapter to use your new Apple products with older accessories.
- Use your iPhone 5 with older models of accessories.
- 20cm cord.
- Small adapter for easy connection.
Another company called iTronz is selling the Lightning to 30-pin dock connector for just $9.99, which looks similar to Apple’s adapter.
While this is good news if you were looking for a cheaper option, it may be prudent to hold off buying it until we get some reviews about such third-party Lightning to dock connectors, but there is some ray of hope.