Apple inc. introduced “lightning” as their proprietary computer bus and power connector. This implies that Apple intended that they would be the only manufacturers of these cables and embedded the lightning connector with an authentication chip. The code of the authentication chip was soon cracked by third parties and other lightning cables came into the market. But say what one may the micro USB’s with their versatility is universally available and much more easily available than lightning cables.
Lightning cables only allow charging and syncing Apple devices like the iPhones, iPads and iPods. It is one of the most criticized accessories as it restricts the usage of older and more easily available accessories with the new devices. The smaller connector allows the device to have smaller ports and sleeker models. The interested reader can find more about lightning adapters on icordination.com, pcadvisor, macworld, cnet and other sites that review new gadgets.
A traveler or a very busy person may not always carry a charger with him, maybe just because he forgot or just didn’t want to. Whatever the reasons be, when in need of a cable to charge or sync data he is most likely to find a USB cable rather than a lightning cable. Now that USB cable is pointless in this case. But with the help of a lightning adapter the user can use even the USB cable for charging and data transfer. It enables fast charging and syncing with the help of just a USB cable.
The lightning adapter is tiny enough to be kept safe in a wallet and although this does make it easy to lose, it is most useful when wanting for a charger or syncing cable. If in doubt whether the rate of charging or data transfer is affected by the lightning adapter, no it does not really affect it. The rate of charging or data transfer remains more or less the same.
Most public locations like airports, railway stations and shopping malls have charging booths where you will mostly find USB connectors, with the help of a lightning adapter, in an emergency, just in case the device battery drains off, one can charge their device with no hassle. The lightning adapter allows connecting the new devices with older style accessories.
The lightning connector does add 2 cm more to the length of the device, when connected and may seem pretty fragile to support a much bigger device. The lightning connector was introduced by Apple themselves to deal with customer complaints about the limited access to already available accessories. But Apple does promise a durable and compact design in its adapter and efficient charging and sync rates. The adapter in itself may be a little expensive but sure serves its function well.
One drawback is that the adapter does not work with a HDMI adaptor. The adapter may support music output but fails to support video output. It also fails to connect to car stereos, which was possible earlier with older accessories.
So get this cool accessory and easily use USB cables with your Apple devices.