The Apple iPhone 5 is still in high demand, with a number of networks reporting backlogs and waiting lists for those wishing to get their hands on the latest model. Demand has been so high that supply chain issues have also materialised.
When the iPhone 5 launched last month, it is no secret that a number of customers complained about several different aspects of the phone. One of the most common complaints was regarding the new lightning connector. The iPhone 5 saw the introduction of a new type of connector which replaces the standard 30 pin connector which has been used on all iPhone models since the first one which was launched in 2007. Because all previous iPhone models (e.g. the iPhone 4S) have the same connector, it meant that all accessories were cross compatible with previous iPhone models. Because the iPhone 5 has a different connector type, it means that existing accessories are rendered useless unless an adaptor is purchased.
It has been reported that Apple has delayed the process of licensing manufacturing rights to third parties. This means that during the upcoming Christmas period, Apple will be the only company selling these adapters, and for £25 each, Apple is sure to cash in this Christmas.
An article on AppleInsider revealed that lightning connectors have authentication chips built into them. This means that only connectors and these will work with the iPhone 5, and as Apple makes these, other manufacturers cannot produce working accessories. This is essentially an insurance policy for Apple, as other firms will only be able to create working accessories for the iPhone 5 when Apple supplies them with these authentication chips.
Although demand for the iPhone 5 is still very high, and networks are reporting the backlogs and waiting lists, UK networks are still offering competitive iPhone 5 Deals on a pay monthly basis with SIM free and pay as you go options also available.