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[" url="/t/152708/review-roundup-iphone-5s-screen-shines-battery-life-impresses#post_2192679"]I don't disagree with you on the cost issue. I guess that nobody is surprised though, since Apple adaptors and cables have never been cheap.
The way I read his criticism of the new connector, it was solely related to the cost of the adapter. If Apple had included one with every new iPhone (anybody remember how a basic dock came with the original iPhone?), Pogue might have been a bit kinder since the connector change was obviously necessary for a variety of reasons.
While it is true Apple's dongles have never been cheap, I am used to Apple's inflated profit margins, but I was taken aback at the $30 price tag on the adapter. The camera kit doesn't even cost that much, and it comes with two adapters!
Seriously, if Apple wanted the new dock connector to go over smoothly, they would have priced it much lower and at a minimum offered a free one to any iPhone 5 customer who asked for one, if not including one automatically in the box. They've all but invited this criticism themselves. But Apple knows the frenzy over the new phone will mitigate any anger its customers have over the pricey adapter -- not to mention when they find out it likely will not be 100% compatible with many of their docks.
By the way, are these adapters bi-directional so old iPhones can use them with new docks? Obviously the connectors would be opposite of what's needed, so either gender changers or another set of adapters when 9-pin docks start appearing on the market.Edited by Mac_128 - 9/18/12 at 9:25pm