Former Apple "Evangelist" Calls iPhone 5's Lightning Connector a Product of Arrogance
September 24, 2012 11:48 AM
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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
, 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.
The Daily Telegraph
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Dont see the big deal...
9/24/2012 12:54:59 PM
Apple's old connector was proprietary as well, and you can buy those online for $3 shipped. It's just a matter of time before you can get the new cables/adapters cheap as well. Looks like a big improvement over the old connector. I can't say that MicroUSB is that great - we have to jiggle the connection on my wife's phone to make it work. The AC-to-USB adapter also stopped working on her Android phone, so I replaced it with an old Apple one I had. For Audio, I just use Bluetooth.
RE: Dont see the big deal...
9/24/2012 5:22:07 PM
Seriously. Everyone seems to be content with their old proprietary connector...
To cry against the change, is to cry that technology evolves.
To cry that it's not microUSB, well don't buy it. Or wait until cables are $1. Same cost as microUSB. Can microUSB do everything the Apple ones do? Video/control/etc? I honestly don't know, but if it doesn't, then how can you then compare the two?. I myself find microUSB a little annoying/forceful to connect, while the new Apple one looks easier to connect.
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