So I don’t know about you, but when I first got some experience with Apple’s new 8-pin Lightning connector, I had pretty mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I was definitely glad to have a connector that was orientation-insensitive–that is to say, you couldn’t put it in “upside down”. (Seems like 95% of the time when I would try to plug in the old connector type, I would have it oriented wrong. Maybe I’m just unlucky?) The tip being smaller also meant that it was easier to wrap up the cable and store it in my nice Skooba Cable Stable. But on the flip side, it meant that all the existing 30-pin cables I had were suddenly obsolete. Irritating, in a house where we have five iPhones, but only one iPhone 5. So, WTF, right?
Well, USBFever has a possible solution: A Lightning 8-30pin converter. The design includes an 8-pin male connector for charging and data sync, along with a 3.5 aux plug for audio signal. You can transfer your audio signal without having to buy an expensive MPI-approved converter. The device is compatible with the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th Generation.
So if you have an iPhone 5 or two around and you’re in need of a converter for your existing cables, maybe this is the gizmo you’ve been looking for. The USBFever 8-30 pin converter is available on their web site for an MSRP of $11.99; surf on over and check it out. And if you get yourself one, be sure to tell us what you think below!