Apple Announces New Dock Connector Called 'Lightning'

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    As predicted, Apple today announced that it is replacing the familiar 30-pin dock connector for its mobile devices with a new smaller one. The new connector bears the name "Lightning".

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    The new cable is described as an all-digital, 8-signal design with an adaptive interface, and improved durability. Users can use it in either orientation (reversible) and it's 80% smaller than the old dock connector.
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    Apple will be providing an adapter for existing accessories and companies like Bose, JBL, B&W, and B&O are already working on the new connector. Apple's adapters include a direct plug adapter priced at $29 and one incorporating a short cable for $39.

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    Article Link: Apple Announces New Dock Connector Called 'Lightning'
     
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    don't normally wait till the end for a summary article?
     
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    Usb3?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Usb 3.0?
     
  5. macrumors 603

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    Doubt it, they would've said.

    Kind of strange to go to all that trouble and not make it faster.
     
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    Usb 3.0???
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Money!!!!

    People were recycling their old cables for the last 8 or so years... moving forward they will need to either replace them all or buy an adapter. Guaranteed income for Apple and companies that make these cables and adapters as well.

    By the way, is it me, or does the smaller pin looks woefully fragile as well?
     
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    Use enough of them together at once to provide 1.21 gigawatts of power, and the new iPhone shall travel in time. Great Scott!
     
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    Cue Bohemian Rhapsody...

    Thunderbolt and Lightning, very, very frightening ...
     
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    no i don't think it is either... would be great though.
     
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    USB? Thunderbolt? It seems odd to introduce a new cable and leave out one end.
     
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    I read "adaptive interface" as possibly releasing USB and thunderbolt versions.
     
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    Lightning sounds like a lawsuit is coming as I am sure someone will think that word is copyrighted.

    Anyway I do like the new dock connector. I like the fact that I can plug it in either way so it is great to plug in and not have to worry about it not fitting unlike USB which only plugs in one way.
     
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    thunderbolt version would be great.
     
  15. macrumors 604

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    I'm not crazy about having to worry about adapters (although I guess I only need one for one piece of gear), but I have to say I think it's pretty cool the connector is reversible. I wonder how many new connectors will be that way in the future.
     
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    Why on earth didn't they make it compatible with thunderbolt? Not only would it be great marketing, thunder meets lightning, but it would make the syncing required with a phone upgrade much less of a headache.

    Plus, I won't lie, I've been waiting to test that port on my MacBook Air out!
     
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    "All digital connector"... So why not USB?!

    All the old arguments of analog video/sound output are now null and void...
     
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    Apple said that it was more durable, but I'll be waiting for real-world tests.
     
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    Has to be USB 3 or Thunderbolt backed... potherwise, why name it Lightning?
     
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    And why can't it be generic micro-usb?
     
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    So will there be a cable for video out? I assume the adapter won't work to go to current ipod video out cables?
     
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    Not going to lie, this made me lol :eek::p
     

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    Changing $29 for a phone adapter is indeed revolutionary. No company has ever tried to extort that much money from their customers before.
     
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    So disappointed at the black version, looks like a black brick!

    Why oh why go with anodised black metal as the band!

    I would have preferred polished silver so so so so so much more.

    The white one it will be for me considering.
     

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