Why You Need New iPhone Accessories?

For years, the standard 30-pin connector, a wide, flat input, was the standard iOS charger and media transmission device. While it provided a reliable connection under ideal conditions, 30-pin chargers would not function correctly if inserted the wrong way, would frequently break down and become non-functional over time, and the input type was simply too bulky for the newest generation of phones designed by Apple.

In response to these inherent issues with the 30-pin connection type, Apple worked for years to develop its own proprietary input type, and in 2012 the Lightning cable input was introduced as the new standard for iOS devices beginning with the release of the iPhone 5. Lightning cables both charge an iOS device and allow for the transmission of data, making them a complete replacement for the old 30-pin input.

The Lightning input is 80 percent smaller than the old 30-pin connector with improved durability, and allows Apple to both design more streamlined devices with less required internal space to accommodate a charging input and longer-lasting accessories. They also deliver a charge to devices much faster than the old input type. Lightning cables are designed to function while inserted in either direction as well for added user convenience.

Authentic Apple

Another effect of the move to lightning cables for the iOS product line is their resulting incompatibility with 3rd party devices, as current generation iOS products will display an unauthorized accessory message before rejecting the 3rd party accessory.

This is presented as an effort by Apple to protect their consumers, as the company determined that many of the issues with 30-pin connectors were made worse by 3rd party products, which were extremely common and easy to produce under the old standard.

iOS users with older authentic Apple parts that they can no longer use because of the move to Lightning have the option to obtain a 30-pin to Lightning adapter directly from Apple for use with their devices. These adapters allow use of older iPhone accessories with newer iOS devices designed for Lightning inputs, but may change the way the device fits into cases and product stands while the adapter is in use.

Lightning chargers are designed to be superior to the old connection type, representing a long-awaited improvement to an outdated feature. The introduction of the Lightning charger made many existing iOS accessories obsolete, but the end result is more Apple innovation than ever before.

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