With its new lineup of iOS devices Apple changed the 30-pin dock connector to a new Lightning connection, but users can buy accessories if they want to keep their old cables and accessories.
Apple has two options for users who want to keep their same cables and accessories.
The Lightning to Dock Connector Adapter, which Apple showed off on stage is an adapter that connects to the bottom of the iPhone 5, new iPod touch, or new iPod nano. The adapter looks a lot like the iPad Camera Connection Kit, and costs $29.
The second option is an adapter cable that connects a 30-pin cable and converts it to a Lightning cable. The cable is 0.2 meters long (about 7.9 inches), making it just long enough to not make a huge difference to users.
The $29 adapter is best for connecting to old cables or free-standing speaker docks. For docks with limited space for the iPhone, the $39 cable is the best option.
Both options are useful for users who want to keep their old cables, though at $19 it is much cheaper to just buy a Lighting cable instead. These adapters are necessary for users who don’t want to buy new speakers and other accessories. The adapters are expensive, but still cheaper than buying new speakers and docks.
Both adapters will ship sometime in October, though we don’t know exactly when in October they’ll ship. The Lightning cable, by comparison, will ship within 1-3 days.