Apple To Become Exclusive Vendor Of New Dock Adapter Accessory? – [RUMOR]

Apple To Become Exclusive Vendor Of New Dock Adapter Accessory? – [RUMOR]


Sticking with the subject of possible re-designed dock connector ports, a new report this week suggests that – (once announced) – Apple’s 30-to-9-pin dock connector converter accessory will initially be sold exclusively through the company’s own retail channels.

The report arrives via iLounge (via MacRumors), who claim the firm will become the “exclusive initial supplier” of the cable accessory, which could end up being sold to customers in need of converting – (what would then be the old standard) – either ‘individually’ or in ‘three-packs.’

“According to sources, the Dock Connector Adapters will sell for approximately $10 each or three for $29, with Apple-branded new USB cables selling for $19 each.”

Meanwhile, Slashdot reports that Apple has denied releasing new dock connector specifications to accessory manufacturers (thus far), and notes that the company has highlighted it may be planning to use “‘licensing agreements and threats of lawsuits’” in its attempt to allegedly prevent third-party dock adapters from hitting the market, “through at least 2012.”