Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 03:49 pm PT (06:49 pm ET)
iPhone 5 to come with free Lightning to micro USB adapter in ChinaWhen the iPhone 5 launches in China on Friday, Apple will reportedly be including a gratis Lightning to USB adapter as part of the handset's included accessories, a $19 value-added bonus that was formerly restricted to countries in the European Union.
Source: Sina Tech
Sina Tech was able to get their hands on the Chinese version of Apple's iPhone 5 a full two days early, reports M.I.C. Gadget (via TUAW), and found the newly-redesigned smartphone to come packaged with a micro USB dongle initially built for the EU market.
Apple first released the adapter when it began eurozone shipments to fulfill a European Commission regulation mandating all smartphones sold in the region be micro USB compatible. In November, the peripheral made its way North America, but is being sold separately as a $19 accessory.
According to the "In the Box" section of Apple's Chinese iPhone 5 specifications webpage, the unit comes with the same accessories as U.S. models, suggesting that the inclusion of the adapter was a last-minute decision.
Apple's Chinese iPhone 5 webpage does not mention the inclusion of a Lightning to micro USB adapter. | Source: Apple
The iPhone 5 is scheduled to see release in China on Friday and as of Monday, Apple's largest partner carrier in the country China Unicom announced that it has racked up over 300,000 preorders.
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