Posts Tagged ‘Lightning’

Lightning vs 3.5mm headphone jack: Apple’s decision to kill the 3.5mm headphone jack when announcing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is still causing a bit of a stir, even though we almost knew that it was going to happen since late last year. People seem to like to be upset about anything and everything these days, and Apple’s decision to ditch the little 3.5mm plug is the latest to have everyone frothing at the mouth.

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It’s generally accepted as a foregone conclusion that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will hit our physical and digital shelves without the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack. This acceptance has led many analysts and individuals to speculate that Apple will be reinventing the current EarPods accessory to better match an iPhone that doesn’t accept the standard 3.5mm input.

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Rumors that Apple is getting ready to unveil iPhone 7 without a 3.5mm headphone jack are starting to gather pace, and now we have a Chinese accessory maker showcasing not one Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter, but three.

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SanDisk has released a refreshed USB 3.0 version of its iXpand flash drive for iPhone and iPad with a new design and faster speeds.

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Getting photos from your camera’s microSD card onto an iPhone or iPad can be a little tricky. That’s where Lexar’s MicroSD to Lightning Reader accessory comes into play.

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It’s not every day you buy a charging cable that lights up, but that’s exactly what Poweradd’s 2-in-1 Lightning and micro-USB cable does, pulsing quickly or slowly, depending on how fully charged your device is, and it’s currently down to $35.99 from its original price of $59.99.

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Apple has added some rather expensive Lightning-based headphones to its online store, with the Audeze EL-8 costing a full $799.95 and packing what Audeze claims is the world’s first fully-integrated Lightning cable.

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As we know, patents are a significant part of the consumer electronics game – particularly in the mobile industry, and when it comes to intellectual property, few are more diligent in securing it over at the USPTO than Cupertino-based Apple. But while we’re used to seeing the company file lawsuits against the likes of Apple and Google, it was Apple – the creator tor of all things innovative – that had to acquire a trademark from another company to bring the likes of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini to market.

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We already know that Apple has taken the decision not to produce any official dock for the iPhone 5, while it came as a bit of a disappointment to those who love to have their iPhone stand upright on their workstation; it didn’t cause too much of a fuss considering we pretty much knew there would be an influx of third-party docking stations hitting the market that would work harmoniously with the official Lightning to USB cables. iPhone5mod, a Chinese accessory supplier, has gone one step further and launched a full dock-plus-cabling solution.

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It may not be news that will appease disgruntled iPhone 5 owners immediately, but it looks like Apple could be working hard on a solution that could potentially lay to rest the issues surrounding accessory compatibility with iOS devices that are built with the company’s new Lightning port embedded within. The launch of the iPhone 5 didn’t throw up any surprises in relation to the smaller dock connector port, mainly due to the fact that we had already seen multiple reports of the change but that didn’t mean it was any less controversial.

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The main focus of attention at today’s Apple media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco is, without doubt, the next-generation iPhone. Fans have yearned for months for this day to arrive, and despite the anticipation regarding the fruit company’s smartphone, it’s by no means the only thing on show at the event.

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