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Apple Lightning connector may not be replaced for 10 years

While Apple’s new plug is similar in size to the Micro USB standard, Kuo believes the Lightning’s specs are higher, making the connector more difficult to manufacture. Included in the new high-tech part is a unique design which the analyst says is likely to feature a pin-out with four contacts dedicated to data, two for accessories, one for power and a ground.

Kuo notes the new Lightning connector’s cost of $3.50 represents a huge 775 percent rise in Average Sales Price (ASP) compared to the 30-pin dock connector’s last price of $0.40.

While ASP may be high in the first one to two years following deployment, the cost is acceptable as Apple will likely make back its investment in royalties from accessory sales.

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