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Apple to be the only maker of iPhone 5 dock connector adapter, report

Ashleigh Allsopp | Sept. 13, 2012
Apple is keeping the iPhone 5’s Dock Connector Adapter all to itself, according to new reports.

Apple is keeping the iPhone 5's dock connector adapter for the new smaller connector all to itself, according to new reports.

iLounge, the first publication to reveal the 12 September special event that was later officially announced by Apple, cites sources who have claimed that Apple will be the exclusive initial vendor of a new Dock Connector Adapter.

According to the sources, Apple will sell the adaptor individually for $10 (£6.39), or in a pack of three for $29 (£18). Apple branded new USB cables will sell for $19 each (£12), the sources added.

"Apple has in recent months stopped approving third-party proposals for connector-equipped accessories," iLounge's sources have said.

Developers are concerned that Apple is planning to take over the cable and adapter markets for its products as it has with MagSafe connectors for its laptops.

By being the sole maker of smaller dock connector adapters for its iPhone 5, Apple could make $100 million in revenue by the end of this year on its adapters alone. "According to the source, Apple estimates that it will sell the first 10 million Adapters by the end of 2012," said iLounge.

It has been rumoured that Apple will be introducing a smaller, 9-pin dock connector in its iPhone 5 for some time, but it looks like the speculation is almost over, as Apple's official event invite reads: "It's almost here."

 

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