Aside from the iPad Mini, Apple also released their Lightning to Micro USB adapter to the US market last Friday. The tiny dongle was previously available in Europe together with the iPhone 5.
North America Welcomes the Lightning to Micro USB Adapter
Apple’s new Lightning to Micro USB adapter was initially available in Europe, together with iPhone 5, in compliance with the European Commission’s regulation that all smartphones sold in the region should be micro USB-compatible. In relation to this, the $19 adapter is now available in North America.
Prior to this, users of iPhone, iPod and iPad needed to buy the dongle through third-party resellers or straight from Apple’s online store in Europe. Since there are no standards, US manufacturers offer their products in different charging methods. As a result, users build a stockpile of various cables and chargers. With the arrival of new Lightning to Micro USB adapter to North America, this would do away with at least one of those cables.
The component is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and seventh-generation iPod Nano. As posted on the company’s online store, the dongle can charge and sync devices.
The Lightning to Micro USB Adapter lets you connect an iPhone, iPad or iPod with Lightning connector to micro USB cables and chargers to sync and charge your device.
However, it is unlikely that it can support the audio line out. That’s because the Lightning protocol is completely digital, and it would require an embedded digital-to-analog converter to function.
Apple’s Lightning to Micro USB will cost $19, and can be purchased straight from Apple’s online store. It was also reported that the dongle will be shipped in one to three days.
More About the Lightning Dock Connector
Apple introduced the Lightning dock connector last September, making the smartphone’s reduced thickness possible. It is actually a reversible 9-pin dock connector that boasts adaptive operation. The component uses the appropriate signal needed for each attached accessory.
It ditches the legacy 30-pin dock connector that can be found on previous models of iPhone and iPad. There were also claims that Apple chose to forgo micro USB adapters because it doesn’t allow their iOS devices to be as thin and as light as they want.
Despite the advantages, the new dock connector is yet to become a standard feature. Nevertheless, there are also available Lightning connector accessories that can support cameras, SD cards, as well as VGA or HDMI digital video.