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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Griffin Launching Official Lightning Connector Cables Next Week




Griffin today announced the upcoming release of Apple-certified Lightning charge and sync cables for the iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, fourth generation iPad and iPad mini.

Though there have been several unofficial third party Lightning accessories, Griffin's accessories will be the first official third-party standalone Lightning connector cables on the market when they launch next week.
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Griffin's new cables with Lightning Connector are affordable charging solutions that are built to resist kinks and tangles. The cables work perfectly with Griffin's family of PowerBlocks and PowerJolts as well as Apple's USB power adapters, or plug into a computer's USB to sync with iTunes.
The company is offering several different cable configurations:

- 2' straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($16.99)
- 3' straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($18.99)
- 4' coiled USB-to-Lightning cable ($24.99)
- 9.8' (3 meter) straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($29.99)

Earlier this month, Belkin introduced two official Lightning accessories, including a car charger and the Charge + Sync Dock. Scosche has also announced car and home chargers, although its products have yet to begin shipping.

Apple has been maintaining strict control over its Lightning connectors, which has made it difficult for third party manufacturers to introduce new accessories.

Vendors that launch Lightning-related accessories must produce them in Apple-approved facilities. The Lightning connector also requires controller chips to take advantage of adaptive technology, which has delayed the release of third party Lightning accessories.

Article Link: Griffin Launching Official Lightning Connector Cables Next Week
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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Glad someone is releasing these, but not a fan of family guy.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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not too bad in terms of pricing.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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I think I'll buy the coiled one for use in my car.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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Got one for $3 on eBay. Works great
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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I think I'll buy the coiled one for use in my car.
I was thinking the same thing.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:39 PM   #7
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I'm looking forward to the increased competition. Apple's strict requirements and the Lightning technology itself put upward pressure on prices, so a little downward price pressure is a good counterbalance.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:46 AM   #8
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Great. Another overpriced cable option.

(sorry, I just can't get excited about another opportunity to be ripped off)
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:48 AM   #9
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If Apple priced its cables reasonably all these third party efforts wouldn't be produced.

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 07:29 PM   #10
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Griffin makes high quality cables, better than OEM Apple ones. I have several of the 3M 30-pin versions, and they are tough and very handy to have around the house and especially while travelling.

I tried to order a few of the new Lightning versions today, but the Griffin website keeps crashing at the last step of the order process. FYI coupon code THANKS20 gets you 20% off and shipping >$30 is free.

Yeah, they're pricey, but the 3M and coiled options are better than what Apple has. I'm not trusting my devices to some no-name China knock-off that will probably fry my device or fail.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:43 AM   #11
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I like the coiled cable.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:43 AM   #12
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Coiled one for the car, and a longer one to reach my bedside table .
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:10 AM   #13
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I Have a Question , Please !

Will these cables allow direct transfer of data ( .txt / .jpg / .pdf and so on ) ,
to the iPad`s App that will accept those files , or do you still have to go through iTunes?

I am thinking about buying an iPad ( 4th gen. ) but have read that ALL data must be synced though iTunes.

To me , anyway , that seems like a long way around for what should be a simple task.

All replies and help is { are } appreciated , TY > in advance !!

Gary 
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:37 AM   #14
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Seriously? $29 for a 10' cable?? Give me a break. This is a needed length and charging an extra $10 for a couple of feet is just goofy. Sorry Griffen, love the black but won't be buying your cables. Just grabbed a Media Bridge 10' black USB extension and use the stock cable (a longer and more flexible solution) for now until you folks get a clue on pricing for this stuff.
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