“In 2010, the European Commission picked microUSB as the official standard for smartphone connectors, requiring that all such devices available in Europe be compatible with that interface standard,” Michael Santo reports for The Examiner.

“How did Apple get around that? Apple was able to continue to use its 30-pin dock connector by offering a microUSB adapter,” Santo reports. “Thus, we see that Apple is now, as of Wednesday, selling a microUSB to Lightning (its new dock connector) adapter. Sadly, it’s only selling that adapter in European stores.”

Santo reports, “In the U.K., the adapter will sell for 15 pounds ($24) and ship within three days… The most likely way for these adapters to become available for those outside the E.U. is that old familiar auction site, eBay. We anticipate that it is only aa matter of time before adapters begin showing up on eBay. We also expect that it’s only a matter of time before clone adapters begin showing up, as well.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Vince Burns” for the heads up.]