Apple’s Lightning connector and you: What you should know

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Apples Lightning connector and you: What you should know

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What is the new Lightning connector?
Unveiled at the press conference announcing the iPhone 5 and 2012 iPod lineup, the proprietary Lightning connector replaces the 30-pin connector found on the iPhone , iPad, and iPod since 2003. Like the 30-pin connector, the Lightning connector is used for charging the device as well as syncing content and data and audio and video output. The new devices come with a USB 2.0-to-Lightning cable.

How is it different from the 30-pin connector?
It’s 80 percent smaller yet sturdier, and it’s reversible, so you don’t have to worry about which side is the top or bottom when you connect. Apple also says it’s an all-digital, eight-signal design that adapts to what the signals need to be for the accessory your connected to.

Which products will it be used on?
The Lightning connector is used for the iPhone 5, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and seventh-generation iPod Nano. Since it is part of Apple ‘s port/connector strategy alongside Thunderbolt, it will be the connector for iOS products for the foreseeable future, so expect to see it on the fourth-generation iPad and other future devices.

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