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How To Save 20 Bucks on That Stupid iPhone 5 Adapter

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No one has been particularly pleased about how the iPhone 5 is going to need adapters for old peripherals, or about how those adapters are so damned expensive. If it's got you pissed, have no fear; the knock-offs have arrived.


On Amazon, Nanotch is offering a 7-inch cable adapter for $18, compared to Apple's $39, and iTronz is offering the stub for $10 to Apple's $29. Both companies have generally positive ratings—94 and 96 percent positive reviews, respectively—but the iPhone 5 isn't even out in the wild yet, so cool your jets. While these will probably work, you're going to need something with a Lighting port before you (or anyone else) can really test them.

That said, the ship dates for these knock-offs (September 26th for the stub, and 30th for the cable) are earlier than Apple's nebulous October date for its official adapter. And if you're really hankering to get your grubby little paws on an adapter you can't use yet, they're showing up on eBay as well. If you can't bear the thought of going even one day without using your peripherals, it might be worth the gamble, but if you have the slightest idea what "patience" is, it's probably wise to wait for a few reviews to come in. [CNET]