"It's time to gouge our customers for a ton more money," Disqus commenter dawsg4ever quipped.
It's an absurdly high price to charge, but making matters even worse, those expensive adapters don't support video or a feature called "iPod Out." That means if you buy a $29 adapter so you can plug your iPhone 5 into your speaker dock, you won't be able to control your iPod through the dock.
The old 30-pin connector that Apple had been using on all iPods, iPads and iPhones since 2003 was able to send an analog signal out, which many cars, docks and other gadgets picked up to control the iPod and play music through their speakers. The new eight-prong Lightning adapter is all digital, converting the analog signal to digital (see correction below).
Some older speaker docks and cars will still be able to play music from an iPhone 5. But users won't be able to control their playlists through their car stereos or remote controls.
So what's the point of the adapter? Apple says that its "intelligent adapter" will allow customers to connect the iPhone 5 to "many of your 30-pin accessories."
The adapter can be used to charge iPhone 5 phones through old docks or connect them to a PC via old cables, for instance, though Apple will be supplying a Lightning-to-USB adapter and a wall plug with its devices that will be able to accomplish that task
Most angry commenters were upset about the price, but a few caught on to the lack of video and iPod Out support.