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Apple unveils Lightning, its new smaller dock connector

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:35PM EST

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.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.