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Apple iPhone 5: New Charging Method Using A Lightning Charger Adapter

Updated on May 10, 2013
The new Apple iPhone 5 - smaller connection dock - new charger required - Lightning
The new Apple iPhone 5 - smaller connection dock - new charger required - Lightning

iPhone 5 Charger

Apple's next generation iPhone, the iPhone 5, has been unveiled.

The new lighter and thinner model, which is available in white and silver or black and slate, has a taller screen allowing for yet another row of your favorite icons. With it, as expected, has come a brand new connector, a significantly smaller 8-pin connector, which differs to the existing 30-pin that has been used for over a decade for iPods, iPads and iPhones.

Whilst this is rumoured to be a design element to allow for some of its newest features, it does bring with it a whole new level of frustration for those with existing Apple products, yet a world of opportunity for accessory manufacturers.

The smaller connection dock means that nothing in existence today is compatible with the new iPhone 5!

Why the change to the iPhone connector?

Apple is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to discussion, or release of any information about their products prior to their official introduction onto the market so whilst there is much speculation around the reasons for the changes they cannot be taken as gospel.

Despite this, it is widely understood that the smaller connector pin has made room for the movement of the earphone connector to its base.

In addition, a bigger battery is required to accommodate for the larger screen and to accommodate the upgrade to the camera features, whichinclude a built-in panorama mode allowing you to capture widescreenpictures.

The current 30-pin connector takes approximately 21mm of space therefore it is not surprising that there have been changes made to it.

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The Official Pictures - the New iPhone 5 Smaller ConnectorPrior to Apple Unveiling The iPhone - The Rumor about 30-pin connector vs 19-pin connector
The Official Pictures - the New iPhone 5 Smaller Connector
The Official Pictures - the New iPhone 5 Smaller Connector
Prior to Apple Unveiling The iPhone - The Rumor about 30-pin connector vs 19-pin connector
Prior to Apple Unveiling The iPhone - The Rumor about 30-pin connector vs 19-pin connector

What does this mean?

Essentially, the change to the connector dock on the new Apple iPhone 5 means that it will not connect to any of the current existing accessories, speakers, charger cords, cases or adapters which are currently not only on the market, but are owned by millions of Apple enthusiasts around the world.

This then will render those items incompatible, if you choose to upgrade your phone.

There has been much speculation in recent months regarding this change and as a result there have already been manufacturers jumping on board with accessories designed specifically for the new phone. Whether they are ahead of the game or not is yet to be confirmed.

Markets have already seen new iPhone 5 cases for sale which allow for the earphone socket to be at the base of the phone; for example.

Can I get a iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 adapter? Lightning.

Yes. Apple has also unveiled the new dock connector which they have called "Lightning". It is 80% smaller than the 30-pin connector however the good news is that Apple is creating an adapter which means that there is still life in your old accessories.

iPhone Connectivity in Cars

Almost every new car manufactured today has some sort of method to plug in an iPhone or iPod, allowing connectivity to making phone calls and playing music seamless. The change to the pin on the new iPhone 5 may cause a significant dilemma.

Reports state that car manufacturers such as Ford, BMW and Honda use a standard USB port to connect to the existing 30-pin connector therefore adjusting to the smaller pin should not house any problems.

Other manufacturers such as Hyundai, Kia and VW are equipped with an iPhone cable specifically designed for their cars so no doubt car owners will be on the prowl for a brand new adapter to suit the smaller pin.

Don't forget though that with bluetooth connectivity such a change may not even be a concern or a noticeable impact at all for some.

What needs to still be considered however is whether the car can decode the signal from the iPhone 5. Only time will tell depending on how much, if at all, Apple changes the interface.

iPhone 5 Connector Ligntning

iPhone 5 New Charger - Smaller Connector Pin

The change to the connector pin, whilst it will be annoying to consumers, will be a boost to the myriad of accessory manufacturers around the world, all buying for a piece of the action as the surge in demand for accessories that have the new 'standard' connector dock accelerates.

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    • GrApEwAtEr profile image

      Umer Farooq 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Don't worry peeps. If there isn't an official adapter with it, someone is going to release it as it will be high in demand and nobody wants to give away such business.

    • Oilersmyth profile image


      6 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      There will be an adapter. There's a chance it may come free with the iPhone 5 itself.

    • Distant Mind profile image

      Distant Mind 

      6 years ago

      This is very bad news. Apple should provide an adapter...

    • Oilersmyth profile image


      6 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      There probably will be an adapter... It would be a quite awful if there won't.

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      Juancho Forlanda 

      6 years ago from US of A

      This has been the pattern for Apple for some time. It does keep the accessories business busy, and thus help with the economy somewhat. Besides, if you are an Apple iPhone/iPad die-hard, and you have the money, all these won't matter anyway. You'll line up with the rest of the crowd, waiting to be the first to own the iPhone 5, or wait online for 12:01 am to order for the iPhone (or iPad) online as soon as ordering becomes possible.

      Thanks for posting information regarding one of the major changes on the iPhone--the new connector.


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