Apple To Be Its Own Exclusive ‘Initial Vendor’ For 9-Pin Dock Connector
Apple has not yet offered developers access to parts or specifications for its next-generation Dock Connector leading to speculation that the tech firm will be the exclusive initial vendor for its new upcoming 9-pin dock connector when it releases on the iPhone 5.
According to initial sources, Apple will sell the connectors individually and in packs of three. That same source claims that the 9-pin dock connectors will cost $10 each or three for $29. The devices will also be Apple-branded, and the company will offer new USB cables for $19 each.
iLounge also announced USB pricing from Apple:
“For reference, Apple’s MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter sells for $9.99, while international pricing for Apple’s earlier iPhone Micro USB Adapter is €9 ($11) or £8 ($13).”
While Apple has not yet confirmed details about its upcoming dock connector, the company stopped accepting proposals for connector-based accessories several weeks ago.
Apple was able to corner the market on MagSafe connectors, and developers are worried that the company could be moving towards market domination for 9-pin dock connectors and compatible USB cables.
The tech firm is no stranger to using lawsuits against manufacturers who attempt to bring lower quality Apple accessories to the open market.
If Apple manages to dominate the market for its accessories, one analyst says the company could earn $100 million for ever 10 million Dock Connectors adapters they sell. Apple is expected to sell the first 10 million adapters before the end of 2012.
Does the Apple 9-pin dock connector issue showcase Apple’s determination to monopolize it’s placement in the technology sector?