Sources: Apple , , AllThingsD
quote: Ripoff Greedy-Ass Corporation selling Proprietary BS
quote: Make a completely unnecessary change to device connectivity so that we can sell overpriced adaptor cables to anyone who wants to keep using their accessories.". Nonsense like that is why I avoid Apple products like the plague.
quote: The iPhone 5 is not that much thinner, and it is clearly still more than thick enough to support the old-style connector. In fact, the new connector does not appear to be much thinner at all. It is narrower, certainly, but the thickness is almost unchanged.
quote: Given that probably roughly half of users will buy at least one of these adapters? Yes. $30 * 5 million sales = $150 million in revenue. That's figuring 10 million sold which might happen in just the first few weeks alone.
quote: Yup they make this level of income by trying to force customers to stay within the apple universe from multimedia to accessories, etc. Personally I prefer choice.
quote: The current connector for iDevices is nearly a decade old. That's a very long time in the world of technology. Apple drops old technology when it's usefulness passes and embraces the new. They have done that many times before and will do so many times in the future.
quote: Apple drops old technology when it's usefulness passes and embraces the new.
quote: Good thing all I need is the cable that already comes in the box.
quote: Apple is listing the Lightning to 30-pin adapter for $29 on its online store. Considering that you would need one adapter for each cable/accessory, things could get pricey pretty quickly.
quote: I'm rushing out and standing in line over night to get - what - a phone?? Yea right!
quote: Considering that you would need one adapter for each cable/accessory, things could get pricey pretty quickly.
quote: People keep asking why Apple didn’t opt for the micro-USB connector. The answer is simple: that connector isn’t smart enough. It has only 5 pins: +5V, Ground, 2 digital data pins, and a sense pin, so most of the dock connector functions wouldn’t work – only charging and syncing would. Also, the pins are so small that no current plug/connector manufacturer allows the 2A needed for iPad charging.This takes us back to the sensing circuitry referred to. If one of the pins is reserved for sensing – even if it is the “dumb” sensing type that Apple has used in the previous generation, using resistors to ground – and two pins are mapped directly to the 2 USB data pins, the other 5 pins can be switched at will to whatever function is necessary. For instance, if the USB-to-Lightning cable is used, the data pins can signal whether the USB side is plugged to a charger or to a computer’s USB port, and the other 5 pins can be used for charging current without overloading any single pin.This also explains the size (and price) of the Lightning-to-30 pin adapter. It has to demultiplex the new digital signals and generate most of the old 30-pin signals, including audio and serial transmit and receive.
quote: Apple’s choices came down to:Stick with the existing 30-pin port, despite it being old, ugly, and so thick that it had become the limiting factor for how thin and small devices could be.Switch to an industry standard that, though small, was not as elegant or well-designed as what Apple could do on its own, and would cost Apple its control over the peripheral market. (And we’d still need dongles for existing 30-pin peripherals.)Invent something new and proprietary that looks and works exactly how Apple wants it to.If you think Apple spent much time pondering anything but the third option, you don’t understand Apple. ?
quote: “This is the new connector for many years to come,” said Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller in an interview with AllThingsD.
quote: The 30-pin dock connector has been around for 11 years