Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/06/apple_to_be_only_dock_adaptor_supplier/

Apple eyes $$$ iDevice adapter bonanza

Quids in over new pin out

By Tony Smith

Posted in Hardware, 6th September 2012 09:54 GMT

Does anyone feel umbrage that Apple will be the only supplier of adaptors to bridge its new, nine-pin and old, 30-pin dock connectors at the outset?

You do? For heaven's sake why? Even iLounge, the site that made the claim that this will be the case, says it's an "initial" deal. In other words, Apple will - naturally, since the dock connectors are its tech - be the first to offer adaptors and it'll be the only one to do so.

But there's nothing to suggest that third-parties, such a speaker dock suppliers, won't be bundling or selling converters of their own in due course, once Apple's new pin-out and electrical settings have been examined.

Or they'll simply switch to Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi and offer wireless connectivity instead.

The story claims the adaptors will set punters back $10 (£6) a pop and allow owners of the iPhone 5, iPad Mini and a revised version of the iPad 3 to hook up their new iDevices to older docking hardware.

And if a fair share of the tens of millions of folk who avail themselves of all this shiny new kit buy these dongles, that means $$$ for Apple. Kerching! ®