Apple’s ubiquitous 30-pin connector, replaced by the svelte eight-pin Lightning, was among the notable technological deaths of 2012.
It’s no comfort to the thousands of suddenly obsolete iPhone, iPad and iPod accessories that Apple offered a $29 adapter as a tenuous lifeline into the new year.
But there’s another way to keep the old docks singing, especially for multitaskers who can’t let their iDevice go: The now-prominent legion of Bluetooth adapters that send signals wirelessly from any iDevice, new or old, to any speaker dock.
The Harman Kardon BTA 10 ($59) is probably feeling pretty good about 2013. This little adapter, using Harman Kardon’s TrueStream version of Bluetooth, is a tiny square only slightly bigger than a circa mid-2012 iPod Nano. It’s certainly portable, though always anchored by a bulky power supply.