When the European Union mandated that all cell phone manufacturers move over to a universal standard of using MicroUSB for charging, it left many wondering how Apple would get around the law. The Cupertino-based company is famous for its proprietary 30-pin connector, and it was hard to fathom that they would change their designs to comply with just this one ruling.
Well, those tricky folks over at Apple came with the idea of instead releasing a MicroUSB to 30-pin adapter that they could instead sell to customers for £8.00 (approx. $12.61 USD).
The adapter is essentially the head of an Apple charging cable that features a MicroUSB port where the cable would go. While at first rather silly sounding, it’s actually extremely helpful if you’ve just switched from Android phones over to an iPhone and have a ton of MicroUSB charging equipment.
So far the adapter has only been made available in Europe with no indication of it going on sale in the United States at any time. Despite pages on other Apple Store sites only listing it as working with iPhone models, it does indeed also work with the iPad.
Would you ever be tempted to pick one of these up if it went up for sale in your country?