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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9/24/2012 1:39:10 PM
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.
9/24/2012 1:45:15 PM
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
phone had a different charger, different data cable etc'.
That was a nightmare.
9/25/2012 2:25:04 AM
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.
"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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