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Lightning Strike

Lightning Strike
by Gary Woods

When Apple announced the new iPhone 5 as usual there were a lot of grumpy reviews. The maps weren't entirely accurate, the case scratched too easily and my favorite, it was too thin. But, the one element about which I knew people would get most upset was the connector. The iconic USB to 30-pin connectors used for iPods, iPhone and iPads are everywhere. As I wander around my house I think every room has at least one of those cables in it and now Apple wants to change it??

In their defense, there have been rumors about Apple moving away from this connector for quite a while so it shouldn't have come as such a big surprise. For one thing the connector was one of the big reasons that devices couldn't get any thinner and as we all know thin is in.

The big problem is that people have hundreds and thousands of dollars invested in devices that use that connector. From keyboards to speakers to guitar plugins to everything under the sun people have stuff they want to plug their cool new phones into? I heard one guy on the radio say that after buying his spiffy new iPhone 5 he went out and spent another $200 just on new cables for all his devices.

Apple does offer a Lighting to 30-pin Adapter for $29 but a company which has really jumped into this field is iLuv ( With prices ranging from $19.99 to $64.99 iLuv has several offerings including a Premium Charge/Sync Cable, a DualPin Combo, a RockWall Combo charger, a MobiSeal Combo car charger and a USB Wall Charger. All of these devices will be available in January 2013 so until then wander down to the Apple Store and pick up one of their adaptors.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc