Apple refuses third-party adapters

Firm will produce its own accessories, whilst using lawsuits and licensing agreements to block third-party companies
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Apple has reportedly refused to offer third-party developers and manufacturers details surrounding its new dock connecter, which is rumoured to be a feature of its latest iPhone.

It is believed that the firm wants to be the exclusive source of adapters for the sixth-generation device, and as a result, isn't sharing the specs or designs of its new smaller connecter.

Sources close to the company go as far to say it will aggressively use "licensing agreements and threats of lawsuits" in order to prevent third-party adapters from appearing on the market.

Questions were asked when it was first reported that Apple would do away with its traditional 30-pin connecter in favour of a smaller alternative, as it would render the entire catalogue of currently available accessories useless.

Users were comforted by the news of an adapter that would potentially save their favourite accessories - and ultimately, a great deal of cash.

However, if these reports are true, it would be hard to imagine any other motive for Apple's decision other than to maintain dominance over the adapter market and boost the marketability of its own accessories.

Initial reports from iLounge indicate the adapter will sell for around $10, as well as a USB cable for around $19.

It is not yet clear if Apple will eventually allow third-party firms to produce adapters for its flagship device, but that won't happen until the end of 2012 at least, at which point Apple expects to have sold approximately ten million of its adapters.

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