Really pathetic in 2016 to not figure this out.
The Apple Discussion Thread - Page 178
Right - 84 hours talking about a new camera when even a completely awkward Zuck or Gates or Musk or Page can say something in a minute that is much more coherent.
You can watch Jobs introducing the original Apple II, the Mac 128k, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad - they were all shorter speeches. Correct me if I'm wrong - I'd say they were more transformative products.
A little late here (or is it hear?) but the current lightning port has analog audio out. I listen to my phone in my car with it (and charge it at the same time). No DAC needed. Sounds just fine.
Dont get what all the fuss is about. I still severely miss my blackberry full keyboard but there is no way in hell I'm going back to it.
Had a couple friends as well who couldn't place the order through AT&T last night at launch - fwiw, I bought through the Apple Store app on my iPhone, and it was a really easy, seamless process.
I looked into this some more last night. Lightning is a completely digital cable and it is incapable of carrying an analog signal. Any digital audio carried by a Lightning cable must be converted to analog at some point by a DAC. DACs can be incredibly small and inexpensive, in fact TI makes some that are about the size of the year on a penny for less than a buck when purchased in bulk.
Here's a teardown of Apple's Lightning to 30 pin adapter:
The Wolfson DAC in that adapter is actually pretty good, better than the DAC in the phone so you could actually upgrade the audio just by using this adapter. You can see how tiny the thing is though:
If your car has a Lightning port, then it also has a DAC it is using to convert the signal to analog. As I mentioned, these do not need to be expensive and with all the ambient cabin noise in most cars, I doubt many are.