See below our Lightning cables and adapters.
The picture is of the Lightning receptacle and cable.
"Lightning" is the new name given by Apple to the 8-pin connector on the iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPod touch 5th generation and iPod nano 7th generation. The Lightning connector is a lot smaller than the 30-pin connector on prior versions of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The cable that connects to the Lightning connector does not really have eight "pins" but eight "contacts" on both sides of the connector and it will no longer matter how you insert the Lightning cables, Apples calls this feature "reversible." This, hopefully, is big plus - I know that I inserted the 30-pin cable incorrectly on my iPhone 4 and then I had to spend 80 dollars to have the iPhone fixed; it's never been the same!
The Lightning connector is used to sync and charge your iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPod touch 5th generation and iPod nano 7th generation. When you purchased your phone a "Lightning to USB" cable may have been included in the box; the Lightning to USB cable is used to charge and sync your phone.
The Lightning connector can also be used to output video using the Lightning to HDMI
and Lightning to VGA
I suppose a marketing committee at Apple gave this 8-pin connector the name "Lightning" to try to put it in the same family as the Thunderbolt™ Technology. It is interesting to note that Apple does not appear to have gotten a trademark on the word "Lightning." The word "lightning" is supposed to give you the impression that it is fast, but do not be fooled, it is based on USB 2.0 specifications and thus the data-transfer rates are a lot slower than the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt™ specifications. This, of course, is a limitation based on the hardware on the iPhone 5 since it does not incorporate Thunderbolt™ technology. I suppose we have to wait for the iPhone 6 or 7 to get Thuderbolt™ technology and have faster transfer speeds; though I am not sure if the Thunderbolt™ connector also supports charging. Most people will probably not need the faster transfer speed. For now, iPhone 6 and iPhone 5 users will just have to continue to transfer their data at USB 2.0 speed.Note
that cables or adapters that have a Micro-USB, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt or other connector that is not a "Lightning" connector will not work with your iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5th generation or iPod nano 7th generation.
What cables and adapters are included with the iPhone 5?
- The Lightning to USB
cable. This cable is used to charge and sync your iPhone when connected to the USB port of your computer.
- Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
- USB Power Adapter. This adapter is used with the Lightning to USB cable to charge your phone without having to connect it to the USB port of your computer.
Please scroll down to see the Lightning cables and accessories that we offer.