Apple is rumored to be working on a wireless solution for its 30-pin adapter problem
The iPhone 5's newly designed Lightning port has been the cause of many complaints among iOS users, as it rendered all of those older accessories built for the original 30-pin port useless. But Apple could soon soothe the woes of its loyal fans with a wireless fix.
According to Apple Insider, the company was recently granted a patent for such purposes. The report states that Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,280,465 deals with a "Wireless adapter for interfacing between an accessory and a device."
Apple's original "solution" to its redesigned connector was to have folks fork over an extra $30 for an adapter that would make the old 30-pin port Lightning compatible. But this new patent could mean sending data wirelessly from the iPhone to other iOS devices without needing the adapter. Here's how the report sums it up:
"The patent provides for an adapter with a built-in wireless transmitter which can communicate signals "between the accessory and the portable media player," while another embodiment provides for the reverse. Also provided for is an incompatibility with wireless protocols, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, both of which can be addressed by the adapter's internal circuitry."
It's nice in theory, but will Apple roll out this type of technology anytime soon? Plenty of iOS device owners have already forked over the extra cash for their Lightning-compatible adapters, and more people will need to purchase them in the meantime.
Let us know what you think. Would you like to see a wireless solution to Apple's 30-pin adapter problem?