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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 BillyBatson on 9/24/2012 5:27:05 PM , Rating: 1
I think my opinion at this point is more valid than his and maybe more so since I actually own the device and other devices using micro USB and am actually comparing heir uses.
Why are you defending this guy? If it was bill gates, someone currently at intel, a rival companies CEO, hell the inventor of USB... Being featured in this article making the same claims I would understand , but someone none of us have heard of, that has never worked for apple while anything with a USB was even being made, the article doesn't mention he still works for anyone or if he is still in the tech industry, who whether you agree with what he is saying or not shouldn't care for his specific opinion. So if the product marketing manager at petco was featured in a dailytech article spouting off about micro USB you would care for his opinion too?


RE: credentials
By JCheng on 9/25/2012 4:22:59 AM , Rating: 2
You may not have heard of him but Guy Kawasaki is a very big deal in Silicon Valley and has been for many years. Anyone who works at Apple even today would surely have heard of him (well, maybe not the employees at the retail stores or whatever, but people who design and build the products). He is not just someone who was a software evangelist for a few years, forever ago; he invented the role of software evangelist and he did it at a time when the Mac was just getting off the ground.

He is (was?) also an Apple Fellow, from what I can tell the only business guy on that very short list (which includes Alan Kay, Woz, Don Norman, and Allan Alcorn, who all loom large in computing history).

I'm not saying he knows anything about phone connectors in 2012, and agree maybe this article shouldn't have made dailytech, but he's certainly got more credibility on Apple matters than the vast majority of people in this industry, much less a petco employee ;)


RE: credentials
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/25/2012 1:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think my opinion at this point is more valid than his and maybe more so
No...sorry...


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