Apple to annoy everyone with new adapter

23 July 2012

bad-appleThe new iPhone 5 will be on sale in Autumn and will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the 30-pin port "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom", apparently. You might think that's boring, so let us put it another way:

All those accessories you bought for your iPhone and all those things you connect with your phone, won't work if you get the latest Apple phone.

Speakers, power chargers, iPods, iPads... they'll all effectively be obsolete as far as your new phone is concerned. Bad news, unless you're the owner of a company that will be making adapters to link your old leads with the new socket.

"Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory that have bought," said Franciso Jeronimo, a tech analyst. "I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors."

So will Apple do the right thing and ship the iPhone 5 an adaptor, so you don't have to re-buy all your accessories, or will you have to wait for some other company to bodge some together for you?

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile


  • MrRobin
    What on earth happened to that standardisation agreement a couple of years ago (which Apple also signed up to) whereby micro-USB was supposed to be used for all new model phones???
  • Speculation
    I do like journalism based on speculation, no one knows what they're going to do, but lets just shock and annoy people anyway. yawn yawn yawn. MrRobin - Apples USB charger will work on microUSB, and you just have to get a dock to micro USB converter, which is, if you read the agreement, perfectly acceptable. £8 please. :D
  • Steve
    Who cares? Purchasers of crApple products deserve to be ripped-off.
  • EarthSurvivor
    @Speculation Yawn, Apple fan boi #1 of this post. Wonder how many more? I've been saying this for a whole now but basically if Iphone5 doesn't have STANDARD features like removable battery and an SD slot then I won't even review it let alone buy it. Standard features are a must and in 2012 if you want to be compared against smartphones then you have to have standard smartphone features as standard. Standard. Got it? Standard features. Yes.
  • Chris L.
    @EarthSurvivor So is my Sony Xperia S without an SD slot and a non-removable battery a standard smartphone or not?
  • dvdj10
    Likewise my HTC One X with non removeable battery and sans SD slot?
  • Lee
    and my Nokia Lumia 800, as well as the HTC Radar phones that my company uses... there appears to be a number of phones that dont possess these "standard" features!!
  • EarthSurvivor
    @above. Absolutely CORRECT. Sooner you guys realise you are purchasing/supporting phones which still have big dirty disadvantages against them, the better. Standard.
  • Chewbacca
    @EarthSurvivor You won't even review it? Oh no. I ALWAYS check your reviews before I buy anything. This is terrible news! Who are you?
  • Steve J.
    I'll sue you if you review it...from beyond the grave
  • zeddy
    Meanwhile a Chinese rocket docks with the ISS. Must be hard to agree an international standard then?
  • Speculation
    Looks like "standard" is non removable battery, and built in memory these days, and NON standard is a removable battery, and an SD slot. I don't think I've purchased in the past 5 years an SD card or a spare battery for any phone, or actually needed either for the phones that I've had. Oh, BTW, the iPhone 5th Generation is already out, why do people still keep numbering it wrong.
  • sicknote
    Yes please Apple, serve me up something else that doesn't quite live up to the hype.
  • Angry S.
    @EarthSurvivor If you're "not going to review" phones that don't have your fictional list of 'standard' features, then you're not going to be reviewing many phones; which is possibly why nobody has a clue what you're on about. What colour is the sky in your world?
  • EarthSurvivor
    Just because your phone(s) do not have a removable battery/sd slot etc it does not make it okay or acceptable. It doesn't matter how many swishy apps the O/S throws at it, it is still behind the times of what is classed as standard. Also note, just because your phone brand of choice decide to remove these basic features, it doesn't automatically make it the standard either. Your brand can't just change the definition of 'standard'. Look at the Apple vs Flash conundrum. It is still an ongoing problem which plagues Apple products. And yet people are still suckered into buying the products. Back to my original point; the reasons for having a swappable battery FAR out-weigh reasons to be against having a swappable battery. The iPhone5 therefore has a long list of problems to re-design before it can properly be compared to the likes of the Galaxy S3.
  • Spencer
    Overpriced, over-hyped and over-rated with inherent flaws... The fanbois are gonna lap this up like a kitten at a cows udder.
  • Carl
    I don't brag or push my i-phone in peoples faces, but for some reason there's millions of keyboard warriors that don't use any apple products and seem to take an instant hate to people that do. If you've got an apple product youre instantly branded a fan boi. Does it even matter what's standard and what's not? If you like it, buy it, if you don't, get something else. Maybe an android OS that's riddled with trojan apps perhaps.
  • Ian
    I love the people that post comments on bitter wallet. They're funny.

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