Apple readies four new Lightning cables, report says

The company will offer adapters that can connect to USB and VGA, among others.

Although all of the attention today centers on the possibility of a new iPad launch, Apple is reportedly planning to release some decidedly less-sexy products.

Later today when the Apple Store is brought back online, customers will find four new Lightning cables available for purchase, 9to5Mac is reporting. The Apple news site has published an inventory listing showing four Lightning cable adapters.

The first two adapters, which connect Apple's new Lightning port to USB cameras and SD card-equipped cameras, will retail for $29, according to the inventory listing. Lightning-to-VGA and Lightning-to-Digital AV will set customers back $49.

Apple unveiled the new Lightning port in the iPhone 5. The port is much smaller than the 30-pin connector that was available in all previous Apple mobile products.

In addition, 9to5Mac says, Apple will start selling a $19 12-watt USB power adapter for iPads that should shorten the length of time it takes to charge the slate. A 60W MagSafe 2 power adapter will retail for $79. That adapter, the blog says, could be made available for a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which is expected to be unveiled at today's event.

The iPad Mini, however, is what will take center stage at the event. That device is expected to ship with a 7.85-inch screen and come with the Lightning port.

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