Want a micro USB adapter for your iPhone Apple now sells them

first_imgAfter a big Apple announcement, like yesterday’s for the iPhone 4S, there are often so many major details, pressing questions, and armchair analysis that some relatively minor details can almost slip through the cracks. While it wasn’t announced in the actual keynote, one interesting piece of info from yesterday is that Apple is actually set to sell micro USB adapters for the iPhone.But wait, citizens of the world, before you start getting excited about a new flexibility in Apple’s approach, there’s a catch: the adapter will only be available in the 27 countries that are members of the EU.Is Apple suddenly favoring Europeans, or using the European Union as a beta testing ground for new products? Of course not. This move has been made strictly to comply with new EU regulations. The new rules require cell phone makers to move towards universal charging compatibility, by including micro USB connection. There is a caveat that makes adapters allowed under the provisions, so there you have it.Apparently the EU’s rules don’t require the micro USB compatibility out of the box, because the adapter will cost EU iPhone owners another 9 € (about $12). It is reported to have already shown up in Apple Stores across the European Union.Will it also charge the iPad, iPod touch, or even music-only iPods? Considering they have the same proprietary connection, it would seem so, but it isn’t specifically addressed. Since Apple is only making this product available out of necessity for cell phones, they have no reason to flaunt its compatibility with other devices. It was mentioned that it would not work with the original iPhone.With most Android phones and tablets having micro-USB connections – along with a variety of devices ranging from Bluetooth headsets to e-readers – making iDevices a little more adaptable should be welcomed by many users. There have been third-party adapters available to do this for some time, but they tend to look a little gaudy, and lack that slick Apple finish (that was probably part of what made you buy the gadget in the first place, right?).Will Apple make this accessory available in the US (and the rest of the world) any time soon? I’d say no way. It was released out of pure necessity to avoid problems selling their products in 27 countries. They don’t care if a few customers in North America think it would be cool, they’d rather keep selling you $19 proprietary cables.via GigaOm and TUAWlast_img

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