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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9/25/2012 4:22:59 AM
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 ;)
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