Apple recently added their new Lightning to Micro USB to the U.S. Apple Online Store – the first time a Micro USB to iOS device adapter has ever been available in the U.S. Those cables are being delivered today to those that ordered the first day the adapter appeared on the site.
Apple’s website describes the Lightning to MicroUSB adapter as follows:
The Lightning to Micro USB Adapter lets you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Lightning connector to micro USB cables and chargers to sync and charge your device.
Unfortunately, we’re hearing from several people who ordered the adapter that it’s not nearly as useful as it seems – because it doesn’t work! According to a number of tips we have received, many Lightning to MicroUSB adapters are showing up dead on arrival. Plugging them into a Micro USB cable, and then into a Mac or wall charger, yields no result at all. The adapter cannot charge OR sync devices.
I’ve confirmed this independently with an adapter of my own, which arrived this morning. I have tested the adapter with a variety of Micro USB cables, plugged into the Mac, as well as several different USB wall chargers, and the adapter simply will not charge my iPhone 5, iPad mini, or 4th-gen iPad. Nothing happens when the cable with the adapter is plugged into the iOS device.
Have any of you tried using the adapter yet? And if so, are you noticing the same problem? Let us know in the comments!