Six years ago, Apple replaced its 30-pin connector with the compact Lightning connector. Now the sale of a connector is discontinued.
Owners of older hardware beware: Apple makes it harder for its customers in the future to reuse these. The well-known Lightning to 30-pin adapter, with which you could make newer iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices to hardware compatible with the old dock connector, flew without comment from the offer of the group. Online can not buy the 30 euro expensive part; however, some stores of the group as well as resellers are still likely to be sold individually. Are they sold out, but there is probably no more supply.
From proprietary to proprietary
Since the iPhone 5 introduced in September 2012, Apple relies on its proprietary Lightning connector for iOS devices. The compact and reversible plug replaced the also proprietary and significantly more space-consuming dock connector that once came with the iPod on the market. With the now no longer available adapter one could use however further hardware products with dock connection further – for example for the iPod or older iPhones and iPads thought-out loudspeakers. Even Apple’s in-house dock connector charging cords continued to be usable.
The Lightning to 30-pin adapter has a Lightning plug on the top, which fits into iOS devices from 2012 onwards. Below is again the veteran 30-pin socket. Apple introduced the adapter at the time to make it easier for users to transition – they should not simply throw away their old dock connector hardware. Six years later, the group apparently sees no need for the good piece.
USB-C is supposed – but probably only on the iPad
The dock connector has been used for many years. First devices with Lightning port were next to said iPhone 5, the first generation of the iPad mini and the fourth generation of the iPad. Meanwhile, there is speculation, according to which Apple will put at least partially on USB-C devices on iOS devices. A first corresponding device is supposed to be the upcoming iPad Pro of the vintage 2018. This could, among other things, allow external screens to be operated on the tablet. Whether USB-C will ever come with the mass-selling iPhone but is completely unclear.