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.
iLounge reports sources that say that only “Apple-approved” factories will be allowed to built Lightning accessories. And they won’t be able to begin production lighting accessories until after Apple holds a special seminar in China in November. That means we’re nearly two months away at the earliest and may not see then in 2012 at all. [iLounge via Cult of Mac]