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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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Considering how Apple sees itself...
By bupkus on 9/24/2012 4:10:07 PM , Rating: 3
I can see that this new socket was seen by them as justifiable.

Now, temporarily suspending suspicion, I'm going to go on the assumption that this new socket wasn't Apple's intent just to glean a few more bucks from their followers.

Does this socket provide any advantage over micro-usb? I use micro-usb on my Nexus 7 and my hp touchpad and I'm not thrilled with its use. If the room is dark I can't tell which side is up and when I go to unplug it I'm extra careful cause it feels like it won't come loose; it feels like I'm gonna break it if I pull harder.

If the Apple solution came first and was currently ubiquitous I probably would prefer it if for no other reason than it inserts on either side.




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