At Apple’s iPhone event earlier today, the company announced that it has updated its dock connector for the first time, launching its new ‘Lightning’ dock connector, an all-digital, adaptive interface connector with improved durability.

The connector will be reversible, so you won’t have to fumble in the dark to connect it. It’s also 80% smaller than its predecessor, and will be implemented in products created by partners including Bose, JBL, Bowers and Wilkins, Bang and Olufsen and more.

That also means Apple will now promote Thunderbolt and Lightning peripherals.

If you’re worried about your old Apple gadgets that utilise the 30-pin adapter, Apple will provide a 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter. This will enable to place the connector over the top of your old accessory or cable and operate it as would normally.

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A host of live blogs of today’s event including GDGTThe VergeEngadget and Macworld are available. Images via Wired under Creative Commons license.

 Apple announces new Lightning dock connector: 80% smaller, reversible, improved durability