There has been a little confusion about just what Apple’s new all-digital Lightning connector will handle, but that’s been cleared up just a bit. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge that Lightning to HDMI and Lightning to VGA cables “will be available in the coming months.”
Originally, the fact that the $29 Lightning to 30-pin adapter doesn’t support video output led to worries that the Lightning connector itself was to blame, and that Apple would steer customers who wanted to share audio and video towards wireless technologies like AirPlay.
It appears you should be able to connect an iPhone 5 directly to a second screen with a Lightning video cable once they’re released. The 30-pin adapter won’t support video, but Apple says it does support analog audio out, along with USB audio, syncing, and charging.