Third Party Lightning Accessories Arrive in Apple Stores

The wait is over for iPhone 5 owners hoping to walk into an Apple Store and buy third party accessories that are compatible with the smartphone's new Lightning connector. So far, only car chargers are available, but other compatible accessories are likely coming soon.

Lightning-compatible car chargers now in Apple retail storesLightning-compatible car chargers now in Apple retail stores

Lightning-compatible accessories with Apple's official approval have been slow coming because the company has apparently taken its time ramping up its review process. With companies finally getting the green light, we should start seeing more Lightning devices on store shelves in the coming weeks.

Several manufacturers exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week told The Mac Observer they have Lightning accessories ready to go, but are currently waiting on Apple to complete its licensing approval process.

Apple's Barton Creek store in Austin shows off Lightning accessoriesApple's Barton Creek store in Austin shows off Lightning accessories

The images we have of in-store Lightning accessories come courtesy of TMO reader Terry who was visiting the Barton Creek Apple Store in Austin, Texas. If you're seeing Lightning accessories in your local Apple Store let us know in the article comments.