Afraid that “Hello Kitty” iPhone Dock your Nana got you for your birthday isn’t going to be compatible with your new iPhone 5 and the Apple Lightning Adapter? Well calm your fears, my little smitten kitten, it’ll probably work just fine.
A bit of good news among the seeming rubble that is the iPhone 5 launch: the $30 adapter you have to buy to connect your Lightning iPhone 5 to your old and busted iPod dock should stream audio without problem.
The folks at audio company Line 6 did some “preliminary tests” and found that audio products that follow the rules Apple laid down should work just fine with the Lightning adapter.
Line 6 founder Marcus Ryle said, “Based on what’s been announced, for audio products that operate using USB Host mode and follow Apple approved methods such as CoreAudio and CoreMIDI, I would not expect there to be any technical issue.”
Core Audio is the Apple standard for playing sound on Macs and iPods/iPhones. It’s possible that some docks may require special features that won’t be able to be replicated through Lightning, but the odds should be in your favor.