The new iPhone 5 changed from the old 30-pin connector to the new Lightning connector. Considering that this new port will require adapters for all of the Apple’s old devices, many are waiting for third-party adapters to hit the market.
However, recent reports suggest that consumers may have to wait longer than first anticipated. And the change is likely to increase the cost of iPhone accessories.
iLounge received multiple reports stating that Apple is tightening control over the manufacturing of accessories for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod to the point where only Apple-approved companies will be able to make them.
Apple is planning on hosting an seminar in China where it will discuss changes to the program and rules for Lightning accessory development. The seminar is reportedly being held in November, after which third-party accessories could be released in time for the holiday shopping season.
No More Cheap Cables
While consumers can expect a limited number of Lightning accessories available in the near future, they should also expect higher prices.
The new Lightning connector was clearly designed to be difficult to copy, making it much harder for unauthorized third-party connectors reaching the market anytime soon. Previously, competition from these types of accessories have helped push down price of add-ons for Apple products. If they can’t be produced, users shuld expect to pay higher prices for these types of items.