Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Lightning Adapter for the iPhone 5 has begun to ship, with the dongle – that allows older Dock Connector accessories and chargers to be hooked up to the new smartphone – finally headed out to buyers, MacRumours reported.
It said that shoppers in Australia have received shipping notifications that the Lighting to 30-pin Adapter is on its way.
Apple had changed the dock connector in the new version of the iPhone making accessories bough earlier almost obsolete.
Those coming to the iPhone 5 from an existing iOS device weren't able to use any accessories they had acquired along the way.
Apple switched to a new connector so as to save space, the company said at the iPhone 5 launch, with the tiny Lightning plug being far smaller than the existing Dock Connector design.
Scale isn’t the only advantage, said Slash Gear.
The Lighting plug can be inserted either way up, reducing the likelihood of damage from trying to force a connector in the wrong way around, it said.
However there's no clarity when the units may be shipped to the United States. Nor is there any word about when Apple’s other Lightning adapter – a short, 0.2m cable with a 30-pin port on one end and a Lighting plug on the other – might begin to head out of Apple’s warehouses.