November 7, 2012

Belkin First To Sell Lightning Accessories

It’s finally happened: The first official third-party Lightning accessories have been released, and they’re coming care of Belkin.

In addition to angering fans over their new Maps app, they also changed the docking port on the iPhone 5 and, more recently the iPad mini and 4th gen iPad. Apple had been using the legacy, 30-pin connector for going on 10 years, and finally reached a point where they were ready to move on. This upset many users, of course, leaving them to purchase all new cords, docks and accessories to continue living their Apple lifestyle. The problem came, of course, when the only cords available came from Apple for $20 a pop and adapters were even more costly.

The company had promised, of course, that a slew of licensed adapters would soon be on their way. These accessories have only now arrived.

Introducing: The Belkin car Charger for Lightning and the Belkin Charge+Sync Dock. Both of these accessories will be available by the end of this year, and both will be the first of their kind to arrive on the marketplace.

“Belkin was the first third-party manufacturer to develop accessories for the 30-pin connector back in 2003, and we are thrilled to be first to market again with solutions for the new Lightning connector,” said Martin Avila, the general manager of Belkin’s core division in a press statement.

“People are eager for Lightning accessories and Belkin’s give them a reliable way to keep their new iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini or iPod touch charged, protected, and ready to go.”

The Belkin Car Charger looks much like their popular and slim-profile 30-pin car charger and features a long, 4-foot long cable, just long enough to pass the iPhone 5 or iPad mini into the back seat for passengers to make a musical selection.

The Belkin Charge+Sync Dock not only works with the new Lightning cord, it also boasts a headphone jack placed in just the right spot for the new iPhone 5. This dock is also compatible with other cases, meaning users won’t have to strip their phones every time they need to dock. The Charge+Sync Dock doesn’t use Apple’s own Lightning adapter, however, and offers only a channel for users to guide their existing Lightning cable to the phone.

While this little omission may seem short sighted, this is the first dock available for the iPhone 5, as Apple has yet to ship one of these, though there are references to such an accessory in Apple’s online user guide.

Other accessories have been reverse engineered to work with Apple’s new, proprietary dock, but these Belkin offerings are the first which have Apple’s official blessing.

Both of these accessories are available for pre-order now on Belkin’s Web site and the company says they’ll start selling them sometime in “Mid-November.”

Both the Car Charger for Lightning and the Charge+Sync Dock start at $29.99.

Image Credit: Belkin

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