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Guy Kawasaki  (Source: guykawasaki.com)
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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RE: credentials
By bah12 on 9/24/2012 12:26:30 PM , Rating: 3
So you agree that his opinion matters only as much as Tony's (in other words it doesn't matter)?

Look I agree with him 110%, but that this is "news" is laughable. Now if DT wants to do an editorial or blog on the unadulterated arrogance of Apple's lightning connector, fine, but to present this guy as any sort of Apple fanboi is a bit of a stretch is all.


RE: credentials
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/24/2012 12:33:52 PM , Rating: 2
No, I think that Guy's opinion is genuine and respectable.

My comment was more of a tongue in cheek observation that Tony seems to think of himself as a modern Apple evangelist.


RE: credentials
By testerguy on 9/24/2012 1:14:12 PM , Rating: 2
He's obviously not a very good technician if he can't work out why microUSB is limited and wouldn't have worked for Apple.

Even Samsung managed to work out that microUSB wasn't good enough, implementing a custom 11-pin MHL connector for the SG3 which broke compatibility with every single MHL accessory before it, whilst claiming that the SG3 supports MHL. Technically, because MHL specification doesn't include the connector - they are right, but what they did was just as bad - and just as necessary as what Apple did for the same reasons - bandwidth, redundancy, multiple device / data stream. Of course, Apples is also bidirectional.

Seems they may have had good reason to get shot of him if the basics elude him.


RE: credentials
By Mint on 9/24/2012 1:39:10 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung still tried to retain as much USB interoperability as they could. MHL is a pretty niche thing at the moment (few people use it, and even fewer will ever need more than one HDMI adapter), unlike USB (for input devices, audio, charging, etc).

Apple could have done the same thing, and in fact, if they did from the beginning, any enhancements that they made to USB OTG would have defined the standard due to their market leading position.


RE: credentials
By StevoLincolnite on 9/24/2012 1:45:15 PM , Rating: 4
Personally I would want a phone with a couple micro USB ports and that's it. If you break one, doesn't matter you can charge the phone from another. :)
Bandwidth won't be an issue if the USB 3 adoption picked up either.

But what I don't want is for us to go back to the days where every phone had a different charger, different data cable etc'.
That was a nightmare.


RE: credentials
By testerguy on 9/25/2012 2:25:04 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple could have done the same thing


Given that Samsung has already created an 11-pin MHL, Apple can't copy that adapter - indeed it's not clear if any third party can copy that design.

If Apple created a different one you'd end up with two different types of 'standard' and it would end up just as fragmented.

Also, lightning is more durable than microUSB, and reversible.


RE: credentials
By Strunf on 9/25/2012 7:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
"He's obviously not a very good technician if he can't work out why microUSB is limited and wouldn't have worked for Apple."

Technically there isn't any limitation to micro-USB, USB seems to meet every single purpose on the PC market... even earplugs could be made to work on USB with a simple switch that would chance the digital pins into analog ones. The fact is this new connector like every other proprietary connector are a choice based on anything but technical reasons.


RE: credentials
By nafhan on 9/25/2012 10:43:57 AM , Rating: 3
Go for it. Explain to us why microUSB 3 is not good enough.

And, no, Samsung developing a proprietary connector is not a reason. That could just be Samsung wanting to jump on $40 dongle gravy train.


RE: credentials
By BillyBatson on 9/24/2012 3:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
It may be genuine but isn't respectable or current enough to be a valid opinion that we should care about.


RE: credentials
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/24/2012 3:30:49 PM , Rating: 2
No one asked YOU to care, if you don't CARE so much, why respond?

Ah right, you rush to the defense of Apple....


RE: credentials
By BillyBatson on 9/24/2012 5:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
I was defending apple in that post? Funny I thought I only mentioned the guy who the article was about. But people like you only see what they want to see.


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