Apple to Sell New iPhone 5 Dock Connector Adapter Exclusively
With Apple’s media event for the iPhone 5 scheduled for September 12th, the next gen device is all but confirmed. Over the past several months, numerous reports suggested that Apple was going to introduce a smaller 9 pin dock connector and with recent part leaks, that has also been confirmed.
On Wednesday, a report from iLounge mentioned that Apple will be selling adapters for the new 9 pin dock connector for $10 and the new cables for the same price of the current USB, $19 USD. The report also mentioned that Apple will be the “exclusive initial vendor” for the new dock connector adapter, likely to prevent third party accessory makers from producing them in high volume and selling them at lower prices.
Many third party accessory makers are even going as far as to say that Apple is doing this in an attempt to block them out from producing the chargers at any cost, much like they did with the MacBook MagSafe chargers. Jeremy Horowitz also mentions details about the revenue model for these chargers in his report, noting that Apple will make “revenues of $100 million for every 10 million Dock Connector Adapters it sells for $10” and that it will likely sell the first 10 million adapters by the end of 2012.
Rumors early last month suggested that the new dock connectors were going to be 8 pins, or perhaps 9 pins and that they were going to include an adapter. These rumors now prove to be true, and it appears that Apple will make a substantial amount of revenue from both the adapters and the sync cables for the new iPhone 5.