There are already a few case options that will turn your iPhone into a platform for your Lego creations. But we much prefer this simpler and more elegant solution: a tiny adaptor that plugs into your iPhone's Lightning port, making it compatible with your mountains of plastic bricks.
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Next week, it's very likely we'll see a fresh round of MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. They'll be a little faster, and maybe a little prettier. But it's unlikely that any new addition to Apple's laptops will be as awesome as MagSafe. Seven years after Apple made the best laptop charger on the planet, no one else has made anything even half as good. Because they can't.
Sure, Apple's new dock connector helps make your phone slimmer by saving space, but Apple also wants to charge you up to $45 for a 30-pin adaptor. It has also installed a special chip to make it hard for unauthorised manufacturers to produce accessories. Now, it looks like even Apple-approved Lightning-friendly hardware could still be months away.
If you're looking for a cheap, third-party Lightning adaptor to go with your new iPhone 5, you might want to hold off. An authenticator chip has been found in Apple's official adaptors, and third-party adaptors won't work without it.
According to iLounge, a mostly reliable source for Apple rumours, the adaptors that will make the iPhone 5's smaller dock connector work with your 30-pin speakers will cost $US10 a pop, or three for $US29. The future doesn't come cheap!
At this point, Apple is widely expected to swap the iPhone's long-standing 30-pin dock connector with something a lot smaller. But what about the rest of Apple's iOS product lineup? Hell, what about the iPod Nano? According to iMore, all of Apple's iOS products will get updated to include the new dock adaptor.
It's somewhat understandable that Apple had to redesign the Magsafe adaptor, considering the engineering wizardry they pulled off with the new MacBook Pro. But to use an Apple display or older MacBook power adaptor to charge your new MacBook Pro/Air, you'll need to put down $11.99 for this converter, which just seems like an accessory waiting to be lost.