The Apple iPhone 5 was unveiled last week, and quickly went on to become the fastest selling iPhone to date, moving all two million units of its pre-order stock. Of course there are many features of this phone which are being talked about, but one of the most controversial is its new lightning connector. This is the first time that the connector type has been changed on any portable Apple product since 2003.
The reason that the lightning connector has proven controversial, despite its benefits is the fact that it renders all existing iPhone accessories useless without purchasing an adaptor separately. While forking out for an adaptor will be an inconvenience for many people, it will mean most accessories can be used with the iPhone 5, such as speakers, docks and chargers. However, if you wish to use a docking station with the iPhone 5 in conjunction with an adaptor, you will not be able to physically dock the handset in the same fashion as other previous iPhone models such as the iPhone 4S, due to the fact that the adaptor would get in the way.
Because the iPhone 5 has already proven so popular, the fact that the adaptor has changed will be welcome news for accessory manufacturers. IPhone accessories are big business, and now that the latest model has requires an adaptor to use with your existing accessories, it will require users to purchase new versions of their previous iPhone accessories they choose not to use an adaptor.
Therefore, it will not be long before we see the same number of accessories that we are used to seeing for previous iPhone models, and this time they will be created specifically for the iPhone 5.
The lightning connector is 80% smaller than the previous connector type and is now all digital. We can expect it to be gradually introduced with forthcoming portable Apple products and will probably be used for the foreseeable future.