September 16, 2012


Look what just popped up on Amazon: A company called Nanotch is offering pre-orders for 30-pin to Lightning adapters. There had been concern when a report last month said the 9-pin adapters were only going to cost $10 each and Apple would be the sole manufacturer, but neither looks to be true.

The company listed the following features:

  • Lightning cable adapter for newest generation of Apple products.
  • Adapter to use your new Apple products with older accessories.
  • Use your iPhone 5 with older models of accessories.
  • 20cm cord.
  • Small adapter for easy connection.

There was some controversy in the first few hours of the iPhone 5 pre-orders because Apple’s Store website said a 30-pin adapter was included with the iPhone 5. Apple quickly removed the error but confused some customers in the process.

The Nanotch item is currently listed for pre-order. As with most third-party Amazon sales, buyer beware.

Update: Ebay has these as well and another item, which more closely resembles Apple’s adapter, is from seller ‘iTronz” below and ships next week: expand full story

Just as it did for the iPhone 5, Apple posted schematics for the new fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano—both of which will be available to customers in the coming weeks. The blueprints are certainly useful if you are in the accessory game. You can see the iPod touch above (get a look at where the Loop is and the top area that should not be obscured by metal) and the iPod nano past the break (also notice a Bluetooth antenna area):

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While it is easy to fake Geekbench results, the above 1601 score purportedly coming from an iPhone 5 (from a reviewer?) could be an indication of the type of speed underneath the A6 processor’s hood. The score is more than double any A5 processor iPhone or iPad has achieved, and it ranks just above high-end Androids. Here is a quick comparison versus the iPhone 4S.

No iOS device has ever crossed 800 before, so the 1601 score is a significant leap. Even the 2004’s most powerful Apple computer, the Power Mac G5, only scored 1571. Just think about that.

For reference: the quad core Tegra 3-powered Nexus 7 scored a 1591 and the quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III scored 1560 in the test— narrowly missing the new standard for mobile devices. (Note: Galaxy S IIIs running Jelly Bean still outperforms the iPhone 5.)

The Geekbench results also seem to confirm a 1GHz ARMv7 processor and 1GB of RAM we heard about yesterday.

[Via HackerNews] The full comparisons of Apple devices are at the top, while Android comparisons are below:

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Three separate readers reported their iPhone 5s have shipped from the Zhengzhou region of inland China via UPS—likely from the nearby Taiyuan Foxconn factory (pictured above) in Shanxi Province . The factory was rumored to have some labor turmoil earlier this year, but it appears it has cranked out the earliest batches of iPhone 5s.

In March, Foxconn had as many as 20,000 openings for workers at the factory to ramp up for launch.

(Thanks Mike, Al, and Kyle) Screenshots are below. 

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