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 11:48:04 PM
My USB cable next to my bed has a permanent bend to it so I know which side is down all the time. So what's the problem?
9/25/2012 3:04:49 AM
The Micro-USB connector has two small ridges on one side. It's trivial to run your finger across it before you plug it in to feel for them. If you feel the ridges scrape, then you know which side that's supposed to go on (the bottom on my phone). If it feels smooth, then you know it's the opposite side.
It's a big improvement over full-size USB (have to look at it on end to see which side the plastic is on), and even VGA/DVI (they're trapezoids, but the taper angle is so slight it's difficult to figure out orientation by feel). By definition you have to be holding the connector to plug it in, whereas you're not always able to see it.
So you can go with the cheap $0.001 solution which works 99% of the time. Or you can add $20 worth of electronics to make the connector work in either polarity for an extra 1% increase in functionality.
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