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Guy Kawasaki takes Apple to task for not going with micro USB

Apple's Lightning dock connector has been catching a lot of static since it was officially announced alongside the iPhone 5. On the plus side, the Lightning connector is much smaller than the older 30-pin connector, which allows Apple to cram more components inside the iPhone 5 while making it smaller and lighter. And unlike the older 30-pin connector, the connector is reversible, making it easier to plug in the cable on the first try.
However, there are plenty of negatives associated with the move to Lightning. Older dock-based accessories and cables won't work without a $29 adapter and some in-car infotainment systems won't function properly even with an adapter.
Now, Guy Kawasaki, who worked as Apple’s software/hardware “evangelist” from 1983 to 1987, is calling out the company on its decision to go forward with Lightning. Kawasaki doesn't take issue with the elimination of the 30-pin dock connector, but he does take object to Apple not going with the industry standard micro USB connector that all other smartphone makers use.
"This connector thing, I think it's pure arrogance," said Kawasaki. "Well, if the goal was really to save space why didn't you just go to a micro USB like everybody else in the world, and we could all get a cable at 7-11 for $5.

Apple's $29 Lightning adapter
"But no, you had to have a proprietary one. It fries my brain, I don't understand it. It's just arrogance and I'm disappointed very much in that."
To add insult to injury, the former Apple evangelist doesn't even own an iPhone anymore. "I got rid of my iPhone about a year ago - I prefer Android," Kawasaki added.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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By JackBurton on 9/24/2012 12:25:49 PM , Rating: -1
1983-1987? Apple isn't even the same company as it was back then.

As for Apple's new connector, I love it and believe it is a MUCH better solution than the micro USB connector. I have one for my Blackberry and can tell you, the ONLY thing it has going for it is that it is a standard. No way would I consider it the ideal connector. Apple's implementation is a much better solution. That being said, they should have done a few other things to easy the transition. The adapters should have been cheaper and it should have been USB 3.0 compatible. Other than that, I love it.

RE: 1983-1987?
By XZerg on 9/24/2012 12:45:41 PM , Rating: 3
ahhh... bash one product and praise another, and yet provide no real comparison for either. is that the way to do give a proper objective opinion?

RE: 1983-1987?
By hartleyb on 9/24/2012 2:46:49 PM , Rating: 1
Micro-USB, poor reliability, breaks often, lacks bandwith capacity for good two way data comunications, doesn't support true HD capability...should I go on!!!!! Not agreeing with Apple's position, but micro-usb isn't the answer either.

RE: 1983-1987?
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/24/2012 3:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yes...please do go on. Poor reliability? Breaks often? LOLOLOL

RE: 1983-1987?
By theapparition on 9/24/2012 4:05:33 PM , Rating: 1
doesn't support true HD capability

Seriously? Why didn't anyone tell me I couldn't watch those HD movies through my MHL adapter. Why did I spend hours watching HD movies output from my phone to the HDTV without anyone enlightening me that I wasn't really watching HD.

Now I know that the HD movies I watched didn't really support HD capability.

Thankfully, you're around to let me know. Or to throw around BS. Guess I'll have to pick the second choice.

RE: 1983-1987?
By testerguy on 9/25/2012 2:32:25 AM , Rating: 2
HD is relative.

Which specific resolution are you talking about?

In many cases people are actually sending compressed video and compressed audio - so watching the movie doesn't prove the bandwidth argument wrong.

Try transferring Full HD with HD audio whilst charging your device and allowing the device to control the dock / vice versa, over microUSB.

It wont work, which is why Samsung created a proprietary 11 pin MHL connector.

RE: 1983-1987?
By vailr on 10/1/2012 2:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
Shouldn't mini-USB 3.0 be capable of vastly better bandwidth than Apple's new Lightning connector? From what I understand, the Lightning connector is only comparable to USB 2.0 speeds, when simply copying a video file from an iPhone to a PC, for example.
Has anyone asked Apple why they didn't simply go with mini-USB 3.0 connecter instead? The control circuitry would be too bulky for an iPhone, or: ?

RE: 1983-1987?
By Alexstarfire on 9/24/2012 4:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
If we're just making stuff up then I'm just going to say that Apple's new port will kill you if you touch it wrong.

RE: 1983-1987?
By gladiatorua on 9/25/2012 3:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
Poor reliability and breaking often might true. Everything else is BS.
I don't like micro-usb. I hate proprietary connectors even more.
I would be fine with Apple proposing new good standard for the industry, but that won't happen, because it might hurt their short term bottom line.

RE: 1983-1987?
By JackBurton on 9/24/2012 5:58:45 PM , Rating: 1
Just the fact that it is reversible is a BIG plus. I can't stand the micro-USB connector just for that fact alone.

RE: 1983-1987?
By Camikazi on 9/24/2012 7:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
Never understood how someone can have trouble with micro-USB plugs, I can plug my phone, MP3 player, camera, camcorder in the dark with no problem what so ever. Maybe I just pay more attention than most people but I have always wondered how people can get it wrong each time.

RE: 1983-1987?
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/25/2012 1:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
Because, it's not Apple, that's how and why..

RE: 1983-1987?
By XZerg on 9/24/2012 7:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
that definitely is a magical feature, and definitely worth going non-standard. please make sure to buy 10 so you can have it everywhere you go.


RE: 1983-1987?
By ZoZo on 9/24/2012 1:02:58 PM , Rating: 2
Of course Apple's connector is better. How else could they justify not going with the standard?
The criticism is about the fact that it's not nearly better enough to justify forgoing the standard. And even if they needed a better connector, they did not try to submit a new design to improve the standard. Instead they went their own way.

RE: 1983-1987?
By testerguy on 9/25/2012 2:34:06 AM , Rating: 2
Much like Samsung did, with their 11 pin MHL adapter, aimed at addressing exactly the same deficiencies in microUSB.

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