Ball Drop: Where is the 30-pin to Lightning adapter??

GravityEyes

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Certainly I'm not the only one wondering why this was not ready by release. Sure, its a first world problem, but after vacationing for a week, and having to carry around the Lightning cable, I'm ready to buy up a half dozen of these adapters ASAP.
 

darkside flow

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Aug 11, 2010
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This is the only thing I'm pissed about given my flawless phone out of the box.

I want to use this thing on my Bose dock already! Inexcusable that it hasn't even shipped in 3 weeks since ordering.
 

Breitling65

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Certainly I'm not the only one wondering why this was not ready by release. Sure, its a first world problem, but after vacationing for a week, and having to carry around the Lightning cable, I'm ready to buy up a half dozen of these adapters ASAP.
Sometimes I can't figure logic of this huge companies, millions of people without work and we are without adapters :) Chinese can't make it in time, do it here in US or Mexico. Why should we wait so long and after that they will be asking some large $ for them anyway. I can't connect HDMI adapter, I can't reuse my charges in car etc!!!
 

haruhiko

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Certainly I'm not the only one wondering why this was not ready by release. Sure, its a first world problem, but after vacationing for a week, and having to carry around the Lightning cable, I'm ready to buy up a half dozen of these adapters ASAP.
You can buy a half dozen of the cables at $19 each.
 

GravityEyes

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I'm going to guess there is a problem with it due to the inclusion of a DAC (digital to analog converter). Yes, DAC's have been around for over 30 years but maybe there is an unforeseen manufacturing challenge?
 

NT1440

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I want to use this thing on my Bose dock already! Inexcusable that it hasn't even shipped in 3 weeks since ordering.
Explain please?

How is it inexcusable that something with such high demand (meaning they're being manufactured as fast as they can (faster than is good for factory workers)) has not made its way to one of the millions of people that has ordered it yet?
 

AJAAY

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I've been wondering this too. I just got off the phone with 3 Best Buys and the Apple Store, and nothing in yet. My Bose Sounddock is collecting dust in the corner. :eek:
 

Daveoc64

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Explain please?

How is it inexcusable that something with such high demand (meaning they're being manufactured as fast as they can (faster than is good for factory workers)) has not made its way to one of the millions of people that has ordered it yet?
Nobody has them yet - that's the problem.

This is one of the biggest changes to Apple's products since 2003 and they don't seem to have prepared for it properly.
 

NT1440

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Nobody has them yet - that's the problem.

This is one of the biggest changes to Apple's products since 2003 and they don't seem to have prepared for it properly.
Yup. Thats how crazy demand works....
 

Daveoc64

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Yup. Thats how crazy demand works....
WHAT!?

There are literally (and I mean literally) none. Not a single one. Nobody in the universe has one yet.

It's not short supply - it's NO supply.

I go to the Apple Store and there are 50+ lightning to USB cables, but there simply aren't any of the more expensive and desirable 30-pin to Lightning adaptors.
 

NT1440

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WHAT!?

There are literally (and I mean literally) none. Not a single one.

It's not short supply - it's NO supply.
Do you want them to work, or do you want a bunch of poorly produced products because it will get to your home sooner?

Look at all the people going ******* about aluminum being scuffed. Do you think Apple (meaning Foxconn assembly, which is already at full production just for the iPhone, let alone the accessories) wants to ship things adapters that may be defective or would you rather they take the time to get it right?
 

Daveoc64

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Do you want them to work, or do you want a bunch of poorly produced products because it will get to your home sooner?

Look at all the people going ******* about aluminum being scuffed. Do you think Apple (meaning Foxconn assembly, which is already at full production just for the iPhone, let alone the accessories) wants to ship things adapters that may be defective or would you rather they take the time to get it right?
I'd rather that they planned so that they would be ready for the launch of the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch.
 

NT1440

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I'd rather that they planned so that they would be ready for the launch of the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch.
And clearly that didn't happen. So dealing with THIS reality, how do you think they should proceed? Make it work, or just ship it out and face potential backlash?
 

Daveoc64

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And clearly that didn't happen. So dealing with THIS reality, how do you think they should proceed? Make it work, or just ship it out and face potential backlash?
We don't know why it's delayed, but the end result is the same: the adaptors aren't in the hands of their users.

If they had co-ordinated things better, we wouldn't be in this situation.

Whatever's happened, it can't be good. It's probably not going to help the supply situation and they're still telling anyone that orders one, virtually anywhere in the world, that it will ship in "October".

I'm quite annoyed generally about the adaptor. It costs £25 here (which is expensive, but we've all been over that before and I can accept the price), but the shipping on it is £4 (about $6.50) - which is extortionate considering how much the product costs (at least by UK standards). If I could go to an Apple Store and buy it then I would.
 

HelperMonkey

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Apple completely dropped the ball by not having these available at the time of the release. It's ridiculous.
 

wepiii

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I think the poster talking about demand must be missing something. Maybe he thinks you are talking about the phone?
 

DylPickle85

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Nobody has them yet - that's the problem.

This is one of the biggest changes to Apple's products since 2003 and they don't seem to have prepared for it properly.

Me thinks the new CEO is really dropping the ball with this release: no adapters still, apologizing for Maps and making recommendations to competitors products, scuff gate and ensuing strikes at Foxconn - Steve Jobs would have never let this crap happen!
 

darkside flow

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Explain please?

How is it inexcusable that something with such high demand (meaning they're being manufactured as fast as they can (faster than is good for factory workers)) has not made its way to one of the millions of people that has ordered it yet?
So they can manufacture the phone fast enough to somewhat meet demand but a small adapter at a tenth of the price and only a small fraction of the technology can't be produced fast enough to even ship one unit within 3 weeks of ordering?

They had at least a year to prepare for it. The adapter should have been in production under the same timelines as the phone. They can't possibly only produce one product at a time given their vast lineup.

No biggie, we're all dealing, but it just seems there was no thought to it.
 

Mliii

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And clearly that didn't happen. So dealing with THIS reality, how do you think they should proceed? Make it work, or just ship it out and face potential backlash?
Of course you are correct- they should definitely work properly. And this IS the situation as it now exists, that much is certain.
But I think the main point is that Apple didn't decide to use this new connector 2 days before they released the iPhone 5. It's been in the planning phase for an extended period of time.
And somewhere along the line, whether because of technical challenges, manufacturing issues or whatever, they dropped the ball. And part of the concern being expressed here is precisely that- if you're a major player in a marketplace and want to continue to be thought of as the Platinum Standard against which all other competitors are measured, you don't drop the ball on this (and other things) related to the iPhone 5/ IOS6 releases.
 

gentlefury

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This little accessory should have been manufactured in massive bulk as soon as they decided on this connector, probably over a year ago! The adapter should be in every apple store in the world, in bulk. It is pretty inexcusable that they would release a phone with a new proprietary connector and not give any legacy support at all.

Better yet, they should just be giving it away with every purchase for first year purchasers! It probably costs them 25¢ to produce and they sell it for $30!
 
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