Lightning is a new power connector designed created by Apple for its 2012 products such as the iPhone 5, the IPod Touch 5th generation, the IPod nano 7th generation, the iPad 4th generation and the iPad mini.

 

Lightning is an all-digital 8-pin port connector, Apple’s replacement for its 30-pin port connector. Unlike the 30-pin connector, the new 8-pin connector is reversible and can be inserted into the device with either side facing up. Furthermore, the 8-pin connector’s key benefit is its size and it is approximately 80 percent smaller than the 30-pin connector. To comply with the 30-pin connector devices, Apple sells Lightning-to-30-pin-adapters for $29.

 

According to the latest news from Apple Insider, Belkin has announced two new accessories designed for Apple’s lighting connector. They will be the first official third-party lighting accessories to hit the market. Belkin’s lightning accessories are now available for pre-order on the company’s website and in-store purchases will be available in mid-November. It is said that Belkin’s car charger for lightning with a 4-foot lightning cable and over-voltage protection will be sold at $29.99. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.belkin.com/us/F8J075/p/P-F8J075.

 

Sources:

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/electronics-weekly-blog/2012/09/only-connect-apples-new-lightning-connector-splits.html
http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/12/the-iphone-5-comes-with-the-new-lightning-connector/
http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/11/05/first-official-third-party-lightning-accessories-announced-by-belkin
http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/16/3511788/apple-lightning-connector-security-chip