Apple's new miniature dock connector debuted with the iPhone 5 and is dubbed Lightning. This decision of the company still annoys users who have accessories with the old 30-pin connector and now have to buy expensive adapters from Apple.
Moreover, since Apple's cable has an authentication chip, third-party alternatives offered in online auctions will not work without such a chip.
At the same time, Apple is working on an interesting solution that can help alleviate problems with the Lightning connector with a universal adapter for iOS devices, which, according to Apple, supports "wireless data transfer to any accessory" …
In a patent application titled “Wireless Adapters for Interaction Between Accessory and Device” in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database, wireless technologies can be used for compatibility between mobile devices and their peripherals, regardless of the connector type and the number of contacts in it. It turns out that the wireless adapter serves as a means of communication between your iOS device and other devices.
In its patent application, Apple explains:
For various reasons, these media players can have different types of connectors. For example, media players can be from different manufacturers. Alternatively, they can be made by one manufacturer, but the new media player can have a more advanced connector in smaller dimensions.
Wondering exactly how will wireless-enabled iOS devices connect to a non-wireless accessory?
Of course using the wireless circuit in the adapter:
It turns out that such a device can solve the issue of incompatibility of devices and accessories with new iOS devices that have different ports.
Do you think Apple should implement such an idea, or should it just count on the transition of all accessories over time to use Lightning?