The new Lightning to 30 Pin adapter has not won over many Apple fans. No one wants to pay $30 to be able to use their old iPhone accessories with the new iPhone 5, but it’s better than buying a new accessory altogether, right?
Double Helix Cables finally got their new dock adapter in the mail and naturally decided to tear it apart and find out what is inside. They found out that just like the new Lightning cables, Apple’s gone to some extra lengths to make the Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter unhackable and uncounterfeitable.
“To access the contacts for the audio output to somehow hack a cable to this and make a dock audio output cable – would require a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and specialized tools.
The dock connector is hyperdelicate when removed from its moorings. It is literally floating there with just its pins attaching it, and the pins are ultra fine as usual. Again, good luck modding this thing. Even if you did mod it, making something that would be appealing to look at and profitable to sell, is essentially not going to happen. I really had high hopes that I could get into this thing and attach an audio output cable, but I should have known better.”
You probably weren’t planning to hack your adapter into some crazy fancy new accessory, but if you were, this pretty much just shattered all your dreams. Of course you can always stick with the iPhone 4S and the 30 Pin connector and still enjoy cheap cables, so it’s all up to you anyway.