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Apple unveils Lightning, its new smaller dock connector

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:35PM EST

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Apple (AAPL) followed up its big iPhone 5 announcement Wednesday by unveiling Lightning, its new all-digital, eight-signal dock connector cable that is 80% smaller than all previous versions. Apple said during its presentation that it was creating several new accessories to help users link up Lightning with older accessories that still feature the larger docks. The company also said that Bose, JBL, B&W and Bang & Olufsen were already working on new sound systems that incorporated the smaller dock connector port. Apple is selling adapters for the new dock connector on its website for $29 each.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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