lightning-adapterWhen Apple confirmed the iPhone 5 would come with a smaller Lightning dock, the company missed a huge opportunity to perform a nice gesture by offering its $30 adapter for free. After all, there are thousands, if not millions, of accessories out there that are now incompatible with Apple’s latest handset. But according to a CNN report, an adapter might not make a difference for some accessories anyway.

The new adapters apparently lack support for video and iPod out, which means the iPhone 5 is initially going to be a huge headache when it’s released. The iPod out functionality is more for controlling your library of music through your car’s nobs and dongles, for example, so now you’ll likely be forced to pick your next song on the iPhone itself. As for video, it looks as though your only alternative is using AirPlay.

During Apple’s iPhone 5 unveiling, the company failed to mention any sort of lack of functionality, but its website clearly admits the missing feature. It’s dumb, and will probably lead to plenty of returned adapters this holiday season when customers realize it lacks compatibility for their accessory.

[via CNN]

Update: According to The Verge, Apple is preparing to release Lightning to HDMI and Lightning to VGA cables at some point in the future, though it’s unclear when. So it looks like AirPlay won’t be your only alternative after all, but you’ll have to wait until the cables are released.