Apple finally starts shipping Lightning to 30-pin Adapters, reports suggest

Got your new iPhone 5 but still waiting for an adapter so you can use your existing accessories with the phone's new Lightning connector? You're in luck.

Apple has finally started notifying the first customers who ordered its new Lightning to 30-pin adapter that their orders are now en route, according to MacRumors. The devices were expected to start shipping this month.

Several readers from Australia told the Apple-focused site that the Cupertino-based firm shipped their orders, with one customer indicating that the package is expected to be delivered today, 9 October. The customer had ordered the adapter on 13 September, a day Apple unveiled its latest smartphone and around a week prior to the iPhone 5's general release.

Most customers in the UK appear to be still waiting for their shipment confirmation, though there's further hope in that some US buyers have now seen their order status change to "processing," at least according to the Mac Observer.

With the iPhone 5, Apple swapped out the 30-pin dock connector, which was used in all iOS devices for almost a decade, in favour of the much smaller 8-pin Lightning connector. The new connector is better suited to Apple's ever-shrinking iDevices, and is reversible so there is no wrong way to insert it.

But the change was not without controversy as it makes existing speaker docks, charging docks, and other Apple accessories incompatible with the iPhone 5 without a pricey adapter.

Some were also peeved that Apple again chose to use a proprietary connector, for which it can charge hefty licensing fees, instead of an industry standard like microUSB. It is also restricting third-party Lightning accessory production via a rigorous partner certification process and an in-built unique authentication chip, meaning that unofficial accessories - a feature of previous generation iToys - are unlikely to work properly.

Apple is selling two separate Lightning adapters. The first one, the Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter (£25) is a hard plastic device that snaps onto your accessory and leaves an open connector for the latest iPhones and iPods. The second adapter, the Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter (0.2m) (£30), does the same thing, but it comes with a 7.8in wire.

Both Apple Lightning adapters are compatible with the iPhone 5, the fifth-generation iPod touch, and the seventh-generation iPod nano.