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Apple's iPhone 5 Lightning connector spawns accessory delays

Agam Shah | Sept. 28, 2012
A long Apple certification process for iPhone accessories is delaying the release of docking and power accessories with Lightning ports to connect directly with the iPhone 5, which started shipping last week.

"Lightning connector samples for use in engineering efforts will not be available until some time next month,." Ridenhour said in an email. "In the meantime, our existing cables can be used with the new iPhone 5 using the Lightning to 30-pin adapter that Apple provides."

Accessory company Kensington Computer Products Group plans to offer docking and power products for iPhone 5, and will have to wait for products to be certified by Apple before availability, said Peter Sgromo, global product manager for power at the company. Sgromo could not talk about specific products and when they would be released.

"Product plans are submitted to Apple once the device is announced and usually approved within four to six weeks of introduction," Sgromo said.

Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

 

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