The Lightning connector is really, really tiny

By , Sep 21, 2012

Until you get it in your hands, it’s hard to imagine just how tiny Apple’s new Lightning connector really is. You might be thinking it’s on USB Mini levels, but it’s even smaller than that.

The press shots usually show an up close photo of the Lightning connector, which is just enough to skew perceptions of its size. In this video inside, I compare the Lightning connector to a plethora of other connectors and items we’re all familiar with: USB, USB Micro, USB Mini, Thunderbolt, 30-pin connector, a penny, and more.

If you’re at all interested in Apple’s new connector, then you don’t want to miss this…

Although it’s sad that Apple’s new connector makes pretty much every peripheral in the last 10 years obsolete, I guess having a smaller, more durable connector is a bit of a consolation prize, no?

Unfortunately, the speed of the connector remains at USB 2.0 levels, but perhaps that could change in the future with an upgraded cable.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and be sure to check out our full user guide for more info on all things iPhone 5.

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  • Edwin Cheng

    To me, Lighting does seem to charge up the iPhone faster (that is, i’m charging it using my laptop’s USB output)

  • http://twitter.com/Rambocop8 Adrien FRANCOIS

    What about your custom made nano sim? Does it work with the iPhone 5?

  • http://www.facebook.com/colby.kirchner Colby Kirchner

    If you remember men in black when Will Smith gets handed the cricket gun and says I feel like I’m gonna break this damn thing! Thats kind of what its like.

  • http://twitter.com/swissye Ye

    i like 2 things about it..one is ..you can put it as you close your eyes, the other is ..the small…the thing i do not like is ,,apple has change..so people have to change as well…if some one has money..is ok..but who do not have money enough to get ios 6? like people who want it..they gotta sell their organs to buy it..no way men…and apple is pricy too…

    • pegger1

      iOS 6 is free

    • http://twitter.com/adhithyagokul Adhithya Gokul

      I am not able to comprehend your comment clearly but from what I understand I think you mean to say that people cant afford a new phone and they need to sell an organ to get ( I dont understand what organ you mean ) and some blah blah ( sorry seriously I dont understand more than that ) BTW in response to your comment Each and every product will be update to a new one buddy. If someone cannot afford it they are not forced to buy it. Its not like you have to have an iPhone 5 within a month or else you will be banished from the country. But seriously by seeing the way confuse iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 I am pretty sure you have no idea about iPhone or iOS. Then what is the reason you comment in this article. Is it a TROLL . I hope not but its highly unlikely that this is anything other than TROLLING :D

  • http://twitter.com/TiagoF15 Tiago Fernandes

    Can I use the adapter 30 pin to lightning in my universal dock, and still control my iPhone with apple remote?

  • Drbballwater

    Comment on the ‘form factor’? Seriously? Being bi-directional is great, being different from existing accessories is not. But getting all horny over the look of the friggin’ thing? It’s a wire!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.m.simon Stephen Michael Simon

    The most disappointing news from September 12th was that this isn’t USB 3.0 compatible. Why even “upgrade” it? I have to agree with my Apple hater friends, just another way to make some cash. I can’t argue that if they didn’t even update the damn speed. Total waste.
    Another question, did they make it longer?

    • goofygreek

      Apple has to develop usb 3.0 to make it “just work right” before they put it into the iphone.

      • Hyr3m

        *cough* bullshit *cough*

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537743361 Asaf Biton

      You’re not entirely correct… They did it in order to gain more battery / parts space… Although it’s quite a disappointment they didn’t invest in a better-speed-cable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537743361 Asaf Biton

    The way he hypes over that lightning connector… as if such small connectors didn’t exist before the iPhone … :S (yea, i’m talking about micro usbs)

    • Hyr3m

      Most apple users live inside a bubble… just like most republicans… facts don’t get through the bubble… the bubble has its own rules and its own Guinness book of records.

  • http://twitter.com/ActuallyRP ActuallyRP

    I hated it at first…. And I still am hating it… But I’ll get used to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eduardo-Kissilevitch/675496888 Eduardo Kissilevitch

    I like it.

  • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

    Where is the new docking for iPhone 5? Apple is really behind… well… they don’t have much competitions anyway…