The first Lightning accessories are finally here. Belkin has announced two accessories using the Lightning connector - a car charger and Charge + Sync dock.
iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, 7th generation iPod nano, iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad that have been launched in September and October come with Apple’s new Lightning connector.
It makes Belkin the first official vendor to launch Lightning accessories:
“Belkin was the first third-party manufacturer to develop accessories for the 30-pin connector back in 2003, and we are thrilled to be first to market again with solutions for the new Lightning connector,” said Martin Avila, general manager of Belkin’s core division. “People are eager for Lightning accessories and Belkin’s give them a reliable way to keep their new iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini or iPod touch charged, protected, and ready to go.”
Belkin Car Charger includes the following features:
- Updated version of Belkin’s best-selling, slim-profile car charger
- Hardwired 4′ Lightning cable included
- Over-voltage protection to protect device
- MFi certified
- 10 watt, 2.1 amp
- Available in Black
Belkin Charge + Sync dock doesn’t include a Lightning connector, but it can be used with Apple’s Lightning to USB cable. It includes the following features:
- Foldaway AUX jack
- Cable channel for easy cable feeding
- Removable magnetic base
- EarPods audio-out port for headphones or speakers
The car charger and the Charge + Sync dock are both available for pre-order for $29.99 each.
Apple has also announced that the Lightning connector will be supported by a number of third-party accessory makers, including Bose, JBL and B&W.
The fact that Belkin has taken almost two months to launch the Lightning accessories suggests that Apple may not have shared information with the official vendors prior to the event.