iPhone 5 Adapter Will Not Support Video and iPod Out

By: Sean Patterson - September 13, 2012

After Apple’s big announcement event yesterday there were so many specs and scraps of minutiae to comb through that its not surprising a few details slipped through.

When Apple announced it’s new 8-pin Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, it quickly followed up by debuting the adapter that will enable Apple fans to keep using all the iPhone accessories they’ve collected that use the old 30-pin connector. It’s $30, but that seems like a small price to pay to not have to buy an entirely new lineup of accessories. Too bad customers might have to buy new accessories anyway.

Today, CNN Money pointed out that Apple’s product listing for their new Lightning to 30-pin adapters states that the product does not support video or iPod Out* formats. That means the adapter isn’t likely to work with some existing iPod docks.

Some stereos with iPod docks that use the iPod Out format won’t work correctly with the adapter. Certainly, entertainment systems will not be streaming video from iPhone 5s. Also, many adapters built into the sound systems of cars may no longer work with the adapter.

For Apple, the situation isn’t much to sweat about. It will still sell millions of iPhone 5’s, whether or not those customers are actually aware that their video accessories will not work with the phone. At that point, a second revenue stream will kick in, with customers either buying the expensive adapter, replacing their accessories with Lightning-compatible ones, or both.

For customers, on the other hand, this could be seen as a lesson in just how expensive proprietary formats can end up being in the long run.

*NOTE: The iPod Out format is not analogous to Audio Out

Sean Patterson

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  • Ahmed Zaghloul

    I’m going to return my new iPhone 5 and stay with my iPhone 4S because of that reason. I’m not planning to upgrade all my accessories just for a stupid Adapter that suppose to work with my Apple “Licensed” accessories!!!

  • Augustus lake

    The lightning connector adapter that we the customers have to purchase should operate also be capable of video out. As a customer who has this device but can not use it in manner I would like because the necessary cables are not available is a disservice . Not we are being asked to fork out more money for a video out cable. Becoming very frustrated over the cable issues and apple appearing to be trying to suck every dime out of its customer. There actions are becoming disrespectful. Thinking about trading it in for the Samsung galaxy 3, they have no issues with availability of cables.

    • Peter mason

      ..don’t you think it also SOOOO cynical that Apple can produce millions of iPhone 5s ready for launch…but the £25 dock adapter can’t get to market until over 2 weeks after the phone was launched. How long do you have to return your iPhone if not ‘entirely satisfied’. 14 days in the UK. So, our current iPods, iPads and iPhones ALL connect to the variety of Apple branded AV connectors we have around the house…big not the iPhone 5 with the dock adapter and its too late to do anything about it. As an Apple user for over 10 years, I’m done.

  • rz22g

    I was not aware of the lack of video output until after upgrading to the 5. I use video out frequently though the pioneer X910BT in my car for youtube, movies and music videos. I have only had the phone 1 day now and will either be returning it or selling it at a profit and getting a 4S.