But everything wasn't hunky dory with this connector. It was quite fragile and easily breakable. It could only be used one way and it was quite bulky as well. With the size of all Apple's devices getting smaller every year, it was becoming increasingly difficult to use this bulky connector.
That's why it wasn't a surprise when Apple finally made the change and introduced the new, much smaller lightning connector
with the iPhone 5 and every Apple device ever since. This new connector only has 8 pins instead of 30 and can be used either way. This means that there will be no more fumbling and turning your cable around to try and connect it. This cable is 100 % digital as well. You can even use it as a video output. But even after all of this, the biggest improvement with the new lightning connector is that it's almost 80 % smaller than its predecessor. This is something which was sorely needed.
Moving on to the big question. What do you do with all your old accessories? Well first of all, if the iPhone 5 is the first Apple device you have purchased in your life, you will have to buy new accessories and since everything available nowadays is compatible with the lightning connector
, you shouldn't face any problems. But if you're stuck with older accessories and are wondering whether you have to throw all of it out when you buy an iPhone 5, there is a way out for you as well.
Apple is currently offering a lightning adapter and a lightning adapter cable which you can use to connect any of your old Apple devices with the new lightning connector
. There are a few accessories which aren't supported but most of them will work. There's no need to worry. So, if you are still using your iPhone 4S because you don't want to switch to the new lightning connector, at least there is no longer any reason for you to not make the switch because of compatibility issues.