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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 voodoobunny on 9/24/2012 12:36:28 PM , Rating: -1
What if there's something about the Lightning that Apple haven't (or can't) reveal yet?

My theory is that the Lightning connector is going to "magically" get the ability to carry 4K signals at some point (i.e. 4X Full HD TV) - Apple are going to release a Home Cinema Display with 4K resolution, then anything with a Lightning connector will be able to put 4K out to it.

By StevoLincolnite on 9/24/2012 1:51:07 PM , Rating: 3
That's hilarious.

An iPhone, iPod or iPad do not have the CPU power, GPU power or Memory to even render a movie at such a resolution... So such a feature would be completely utterly pointless.

By StevoLincolnite on 9/24/2012 1:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you are using it for 2D pictures of course* But meh.

Also I desire an edit button. :(

By someguy123 on 9/24/2012 6:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
You're not going to get 4k video without HEVC. It's also going to be substantially more computationally expensive than h264 even disregarding the resolution. Also not sure why you wouldn't be able to do that through USB.

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