Why It Could Be Almost Impossible To Buy A Dock Accessory For Your Next iPhone This Year

Why It Could Be Almost Impossible To Buy A Dock Accessory For Your Next iPhone This Year

When the new iPhone is released with an all-new, totally redesigned 9-pin dock connector, even with an adapter, it’s going to throw the entire third-party iPhone accessory market into chaos. And unfortunately, it looks like Apple’s giving accessory makers no time to prepare with an early peek at the 9-pin connector. When the next iPhone debuts, it will take months for compatible accessories to be released. Sink or swim time.

iLounge reports:

After nine years of steady third-party accessory growth for its devices, Apple faces a potentially serious ecosystem disruption this year, reliable sources have confirmed to iLounge. With only two weeks remaining before the expected debut of the next-generation iPhone, Apple has not offered third-party developers the components or engineering details necessary to build docking accessories for the new device—the first iOS product expected to ship without Apple’s now-ubiquitous 30-pin Dock Connector, which will soon be replaced across all future Apple pocket and tablet devices.

iLounge seems to believe that this strategy is being employed to better allow Apple to dominate holiday sales with its own first-party iPhone accessories. I’m not so sure about that, but it does seem to imply that getting a compatible accessory for your new iPhone could be a real bitch this Christmas.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Whoop de doo. They’ll whine and complain but if they want to keep making money, they’ll change to the new connector, and fast. No way is anyone who wants to stay in business going to forgo a Christmas season. This is probably going to be the most profitable in a long time for the accessory makers that actually care.

  • thegraphicmac

    I would guess these companies are licking their chops at the thought of every iPhone user having to buy new accessories (if an adapter that works with everything isn’t sold by Apple). I doubt it will take them much time at all to ramp-up. You may have to wait until early-to-mid December to buy them, but they’ll likely be ready in time for Christmas.

  • Martin Dobson

    Who actually uses 3rd party Apple accessories? Aren’t we all Apple Fans and therefore tend to buy Apple Products?

    Hell, I even have bluetooth headphones, so if they get rid of the headphone jack, I also wouldn’t be upset. Wireless is the way of the future.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Hell, I even have bluetooth headphones…

    Apparently you use third-party Apple accessories. Just like everyone else. Apple doesn’t make everything, nor should they.

  • joewaylo

    It’s only a couple of months to make a new one. How’s that chaotic? Even the original iPhone and 3G model iPhone took months to build accessories after 3.0 included the ability to include app detection.

    The tomtom car kit took over a year to make the mount sell ready.

  • LigiaRWhitefiel

    Hell, I even have bluetooth headphones, so if they get rid of the headphone jack, I also wouldn’t be upset. Wireless is the way of the future. http://ExcitementStarts.blogspot.com

  • Lars Pallesen

    “When the new iPhone is released with an all-new, totally redesigned 9-pin dock connector, even with an adapter, it’s going to throw the entire third-party iPhone accessory market into chaos.”

    Yeah, I’m sure the accessory makers will be soooo sorry that they now get to sell millions of new docks, cables, cases, adapters, chargers and speakers to the same people all over again. Or not.

  • nthnm

    It seems mainly the only things that will have to be redesigned are speaker docks and that sort of thing. I don’t remember Apple ever being in that market. It’s always been 3rd party companies – Bose, JBL, etc. My point is that charging cables and (very limited) cases are the only accessories that Apple makes so people will have no choice but to wait for many accessories.

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