Apple Reveals New ‘Lightning’ Mini Connector And Adapter [PHOTOS]


Apple has announced that they are discarding their 30-pin dock connector with the iPhone 5. All future Apple devices will include a much smaller 8-signal ‘lightning’ connector. This is a move that constantly was showing up in the rumour-books throughout the past winter, spring, and summer.

The mini-sized connector takes up much less room at the bottom of your device and even provides room for an enhanced speaker design. This will surely put iOS accessory producers in a scramble because they now have to release new models featuring the smaller dock connector preferably before the holiday season.

Alongside lightning, Apple also unveiled a new 30-pin adapter. The adapter will plug into the iPhone’s 8-pin port allowing compatibility with 30-pin accessories. There isn’t an official word on the release of the adapter yet.

Here is another, it’s a close-up shot of what the iPhone 5’s lightning port looks like. Let me know what you think.  

UPDATE: The adapter will sell at the Apple store for $35.00!


  • swotam

    This will go nicely with Thunderbolt.

    Why do I suddenly have the urge to listen to Bohemian Rhapsody?

  • wongnog

    Haven’t had a chance to watch the announcement yet, but will the adapter ship win the new iPhone?

  • DAN

    Do existing iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S accessories work with iPhone 5?
    iPhone 5 uses the Lightning connector, which is different from the 30-pin connector on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. You can purchase a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter for use with Made for iPhone accessories except those requiring video output. Visit the iPhone Accessories section on the Apple Online Store to find out more about accessory compatibility with different iPhone models.

  • LondonFish

    Nice, about time to make it smaller. For the ppl who complain what to do. with their existing old 30-pin, well, not all cars accesories can carry forward, PS1,2,3 controllers are are all different, upgrade means new different things, if a new $35 cable adaptor hurts your wallet then don’t get the new $699 phone.

  • Yep