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iPhone 5′s Lightning to micro USB Cable Only Available for Europe

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Apple had announced that more Lightning cables and adapters were forthcoming at a media event on September 12th that debuted the company’s next-generation flagship iPhone 5. In addition to what was announced, Apple also has a small micro USB to Lightning adapter that will allow users to use their existing micro USB cables–which are used in a number of different consumer electronics including Android smartphones–with their iPhone 5 to charge and synchronize their smartphones. Unfortunately, Apple is only providing this optional accessory as an option for European customers to comply with EU laws.

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In a bid to be more environmentally sustainable, the EU had passed a law requiring that all phones must be able to use the micro USB format for charging. AS such, Apple is providing this optional adapter as a workaround in a bid to simultaneously hang on to its proprietary formats while embracing the EU.

According to Slash Gear, the adapter is being listed in the UK, France and Germany currently and is not available for U.S. customers at this time. It’s unclear if the optional adapter accessory will be made available for U.S. consumers eventually. Right now, it is being listed for £15 in the UK and at €19 in France and Germany.

In addition to this adapter, Apple has also committed to releasing a Lightning to HDMI and Lightning to VGA cable in the coming months so users can display the content on their phones via a cable or wire to a larger display or TV.

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3 Comments

  1. Mike InRichmond

    09/14/2012 at 11:45 am

    Hopefully someone will pick up a bunch and resell them to the US..

  2. TheTruthSquad

    09/15/2012 at 10:20 am

    Someone will make them and sell them for $1.95 which is what they should cost.

  3. Christian Malcolm

    09/19/2012 at 12:57 pm

    Hi.

    I bulk bought some of these adapters here in the UK for friends in the Canada and have extras to sell so I’ve set up a little site. This Apple adapter is tiny and lightweight and is going to be very handy as I already carry a micro-USB cable to charge my bluetooth headset and other electronic bits.

    It really is a very small little adapter and it sits on top and means I can charge my phone with a cable I already have. Can’t wait to plug my new iPhone 5 into somebody’s Samsung charger when I need a top-up!

    See http://www.chargethe5.com if you’d like to order one or see pictures. I’m sending to the US/Canada daily.

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