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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: No excuses
By Trisped on 9/24/2012 7:24:02 PM , Rating: 5
Fantasy world again Tony. If micro-USB was not rated to handle it they could have used mini-USB like all the other stuff I have. The fact is that you can get plenty of power over a USB cable, otherwise Apple would not be able to sell their products with USB chargers.

What it actually comes down to is Apple does not want people paying $5 for a power adapter, they want people paying $15-20 and a 30% cut.
They want people to buy the $30 adapter because it is 70-99% profit.
They want people to buy new iPod alarm clocks, base stations, cars, etc. because Apple gets a cut.

The real fact is Apple cannot be like everyone else, because they charge more then everyone else.


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