The iOS 9.2 update featured a long list of improvements, bug fixes and new features. While Apple Music, News, and Mail Drop made headlines, photographers will enjoy one important item buried in the list. Apple's $29 accessory, the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter is now compatible with the iPhone. Until the iOS 9.2 launch, the cable could only be used in conjunction with an iPad.
Cables and Connectors
Yes, both analog and USB audio out are supported by the Lightning adapter. This means that older accessories using USB audio or analog audio input via the 30-pin dock connector should work with the iPhone 5 adapter.
As Apple states, some accessories will not work with the adapter. This is because the Lightning to 30-pin adapter does not support iPod mode or video out. iPod mode makes it possible for third party accessories to display menus from your iOS device on their screens.
No. Reports on the new Lightning dock connector initially suspected the 8-pin plug would utilize Apple's proprietary MagSafe technology. MagSafe connectors were introduced on MacBook Pro computers in 2006 and detach without harming the plug or cable when the wire is suddenly pulled.
This prevents damage if someone steps on the power cable, for example. As it turns out, Apple's official iPhone 5 specifications and those of the Lightning to 30-pin adapters have no mention of MagSafe functionality.
There were some reports that Apple would be providing iPhone 5 owners with a free Lightning to 30-pin adapter so the new iPhone could be used with older accessories.
This is not the case. Apple will not ship the iPhone 5 with an adapter. The adapter will be available starting in October 2012 on Apple's website for $29. There will also be an 8-inch cable version available for $39.
No, Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter does not support video. The adapter will support audio out, syncing and charging only.
Future Lightning cables are in the works and will support video. Apple plans to release iPhone 5 Lightning to HDMI and Lightning to VGA video cables as separate accessories.
Apple launched the Lightning reversible 8-pin connector to replace the 30-pin dock connector that has been in use on their mobile devices since 2003.