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Apple's Lightning port adapter is AU$35

Apple has shrunk the size of the docking and charging port on the iPhone 5, and is ready with an adapter to connect it to your old peripherals, charging AU$35 for the part.

Recently, we asked the question, "if the iPhone has a smaller port, does Apple owe you an adapter?" The answer, according to Apple, is no; instead, the adapter will set you back AU$35.

Apple's new AU$35 Lightning port adapter. (Credit: James Martin/CNET)

For some people, this will be of little concern. After all, if you've spent AU$80,000 on a luxury car that happens to have an iPod cable, chances are that you won't mind tossing this money Apple's way to make sure that you can still listen to your podcasts.

For others, especially those who own a decade's worth of peripherals that are compatible with the older 30-pin connector, it might be about more than just the money. This will affect those of us with iPod docks that now won't cradle the phone securely, or those will be bothered by the fact that you'll need a separate cable to charge your iPad and your iPhone.

If you have bought several Apple products, let us know how you feel. Is this no big deal? Is AU$35 too steep for an adapter? Or is this about more than money? Leave a comment below.