Source: Tech Crunch
quote: The Nintendo DS Headset is the official headset for the Nintendo DS. It plugs into the headset port (which is a combination of a standard 3.5mm(1/8-inch) headphone connector and a proprietary microphone connector) on the bottom of the system.
quote: The micro USB3 connector solves none of those issues because it has no analog hardware and would require a dongle that is more expensive than a simple passthrough to convert digital to analog; instead of a $29 dongle it will be a $99 dollar dongle to convert digital to analog.
quote: So even if you discount technical concerns, there are several significant technical concerns Apple has to deal with including the price of the dongles.
quote: The difference is that, if Apple uses USB, everyone would need to buy new cables, instead of a $30 dock adapter to make the new dock compatible with the old dock.
quote: I'm not an iPhone user, but I know many. A common reason for sticking with the iPhone is all the equipment they have accumulated that works with it (read: that fancy connector on the bottom.)So if this new port is not backwards compatible, all their equipment has been rendered ... Worthless!Throw that on top of the number of them that complain about iTunes, and suddenly that upgrade decision becomes... well, complicated...
quote: ...and drift ever further from reality into a wish fulfilment dream world. I too like to day dream but I try to remember that they are day dreams and not reality.
quote: If Apple do indeed change the connector port design then I suspect they will address the issue of backwards compatibility with older peripherals.
quote: BOSTON, Jun 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Samsung is the most preferred consumer technology brand, ahead of Sony, HP and Apple , according to ConsumerMetrix Technology Brand Preference Index just released by Strategy Analytics. In a survey of more than six thousand consumers in the US and Europe, "Technology Brand Preferences," Samsung received the highest overall preference rating of +41 percent, followed by Sony at +29 percent, HP at +20 percent and Apple at +19 percent. The lowest brand preference ratings were given to Lenovo (-37 percent), RIM (Blackberry) (-28 percent) and Sanyo (-26 percent). Respondents were asked to consider how likely they would be to choose each of more than twenty global brands when buying technology products such as computers, mobile phones and TVs.
quote: The lowest brand preference ratings were given to Lenovo