Apple iPhone 5 review: new dock connector [Epic Review]
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iPhone 5 dock connector
Thunderbolt and Lightning, very very frightening? If you’ve just bought a pricey iPhone dock it might be, because the iPhone 5 has ditched the almost-10-year-old 30-pin connector and replaced is with the tiny, all-digital Lightning connector, which means your new phone isn’t going to fit.
Apple is launching two adapters, but they’re expensive at US$50 (although there are good DAC-flavoured reasons for the prices) and big enough to at best ruin the look of your sexy sound setup, and at worse ensure it doesn’t fit at all.
But change is occasionally necessary, and Lightning is certainly more elegant than the 30-pin. It’s reversible, it feels robust, and on the bright side it means we can expect a whole raft of new docks in the near future (Apple announced partnerships with audio luminaries Bose, Bowers & Wilkins and JBL on launch night). Lightning-to-HDMI and Lightning-to-VGA (yep, apparently one or two people out there still use VGA) adapters are also planned.
Straddling that Lightning port is a pair of tiny chassis screws, and beyond that are two sets of machined grilles, covering a microphone and a speaker. The latter won’t get anyone body-popping, but it is loud and clear enough for hands-free calls, sat-nav instructions and irritating everybody on the bus. The 3.5mm headphone socket is, for the first time in iPhone history, on the bottom edge rather than the top.