New, miniature Dock connector adapters rumored to be Apple-only, $10 a pop
Way back in February iMore learned Apple was planning to ditch the traditional 30-pin Dock connector for a smaller, more modern Dock connector, and roll it out across their iOS product line this fall. For those with older accessories, we learned Apple would be supplying an adapter that would keep many of them compatible. iLounge has now added a few more details, claiming Apple will be the exclusive supplier of the Dock adapter, at least at first, and that they're be pricing them starting at $10.
According to sources, the Dock Connector Adapters will sell for approximately $10 each or three for $29, with Apple-branded new USB cables selling for $19 each.
iLounge has a good track record when it comes to this type of information, and the numbers make sense. $9.99 sounds cheap enough, but packs in great gobs of profit for Apple, especially if they keep it exclusive for a good length of time.
However, it remains uncertain if it will address the needs of all accessory makers, including those who would need specific functionality split out or converted, for example serial interfaces, composite or component video, etc.