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The New iPhone 5's Gonna Annoy The Hell Out of Hotels

September 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

In case you didn't hear, Apple's new iPhone 5 was revealed yesterday at a media event in San Francisco (so in case you were trying to book a cheap room there this week, and couldn't find one, that's why). Sadly, it left a lot to be desired, with some tech reviewers going so far as to call it "ho hum."

So what does this have to do with hotels? Kind of a lot.

You see, one of the big changes (and from the sound of it, there weren't that many) Apple unveiled was an updated "Lightning connector" at the bottom of the phone. That's the part that attaches to cords, electrical outlets, computers, and, of course, the iPod dock. The problem is, new iPhones won't fit into the old docks without an adaptor, which, as WSJ points out, will cost between $29-$39 apiece.

Whether hotels choose to equip every room with an adaptor (which could prove difficult to keep track of), or expect guests to supply their own, it seems there won't be an easy way around the issue.

The WSJ spoke to at least one hotel executive who is none too pleased with the news:

"'Oh God,' groaned Michael Mueller, chief executive of Dallas-based hotel chain NYLO Hotels LLC, after learning of the new iPhone dock connector from a reporter Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Mueller said he has outfitted just about all of his 600 hotel rooms with clock radios that have iPhone docks at a cost, in his most recent order, of about $115 apiece. Now he says he will have to decide whether or not to replace all those radios and whether to pick the new or the old iPhone dock for the clock radios he plans to order for more than 400 rooms he has under construction."

Personally, we like using the iPhone dock as often as possible when we stay in hotels, since it lets us have impromptu dance parties in our room, or just mellow out to some Bob Dylan while in the tub. But the minute things start getting too complicated with adaptors and different types of connectors? We'll just put on the radio.

At least we know that won't be changing anytime soon.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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