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may make the new device incompatible with an existing IFE or electronic flight bag system until, at least, it is upgraded to accommodate, and suitable adapters can be deployed and configured. Of course, out of that incompatibility is opportunity. THE DETAILS Apple’s iPhone 5 discards the company’s well-known 30-pin connector in favor of a new, eight-pin design – dubbed Lightning – that’s both smaller and incompatible with existing cables, connectors, adapters or cradles. According to Apple, the new connector is all-digital and designed to be significantly more durable than the 30-pin connector it replaces. That older design, by the way, has been standard on Apple devices since the so-called third-generation iPod was introduced in 2003. In time, the connector’s specifications evolved and were incorporated into all iPhones, iPods and iPads. When it announced the iPhone 5 and the new connector, Apple also announced updated iPod products, including a new iPod Touch – which also grew in height – and iPod Nano. All three include the new Lightning connector. Although we’re not aware of any firm policy statement on the matter, it seems clear Apple intends the new connector to be included in future updates to similar devices, including the iPad. Of course, none of this is a problem if you don’t have an investment in docks, cables or other accessories based on the 30-pin connector. In fact, it’s only a potential problem if you plan to use a new iDevice with any of those accessories. Apple – and soon other vendors, to be sure – offers an adapter allowing an
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How Apple’s Lightning Connector Affects Aircraft iPhone Docks
Output does not include composite video

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• Charge/Sync • Audio • No Composite Video • Reversible

• Charge/Sync • Audio • Video • Not reversible

Size change makes fit a challenge

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Required adapter adds height

Typical 30-pin Base

Typical 30-pin Base
© 2012 Flight Display Systems

This graphic from Flight Display Systems' website, www.flightdisplay.com, illustrates the potential issues Apple's Lightning connector could create with iPhone docks in aircraft.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News November 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
International News and Regulatory Updates
Modernizing Electricals
Member Profile
House & Hangar Calls
Gliders, Sailplanes and Motor-Gliders
A Conversation With...
Apple's Latest Smartphone Creates Chaos, Opportunity
Before & After
Member Profile
Business Basics
Aviation Aces
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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