iPhone 5 won't come with 30-pin adaptor, will have a USB one

The iPhone 5 doesn't come with the Lightning to 30-pin adaptor, Apple has announced.

There was some confusion over what exactly was in the box of Apple's new wunderphone. Previously, the Lightning to 30-pin adaptor was touted as coming with the device, but wasn't listed in the 'in the box' section on the Apple Store site.

Now Apple's cleared it up, punting out a statement on the matter. The upshot is you won't get a Lightning to 30-pin adaptor bundled -- you will have to shell out an astronomical £25 to make your new phone work with your current dock. But you will get a Lightning to USB cable, so you can use it with any accessories that are enabled for USB. Every cloud...

"The Lightning to 30-pin adapter does not come in the box with iPhone 5," reads the statement Apple sent to Engadget. "It is sold separately. However, the Lightning to USB cable does come with iPhone 5 for connection to AC chargers and other devices… The Lightning to 30-pin adapter supports analogue audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Lightning to VGA and Lightning to HDMI cables will be available in the coming months."

Quite verbose, by Apple statement standards.

Apple's latest iPhone has a smaller ' Lightning ' dock connector, meaning you'll need an adaptor to make it work with your current accessories. It's part of the handset's most dramatic overhaul for a while, with a taller 4-inch screen, faster processor and iOS 6, the new version of Apple's mobile operating system.

If you haven't already pre-ordered your iPhone 5, bad news: it's slipped to being dispatched in two to three weeks, it says on the Apple Store site. Pre-order demand has been "incredible", according to Apple spokesperson Natalie Kerris. She added: "We've been completely blown away by the customer response."

Still, £25 for an adaptor?

Should Apple bundle a Lightning to 30-pin adaptor in the box? Yes. Yes it should. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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