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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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By keithhat on 9/26/2012 3:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
Many of these negative comments are puzzling. I like the new connector, unlike my old 30pin or Micro USB. Both require me to be 100% sure I am plugging it in the right way by looking for the marking or in the case of Micro USB the flat or curved side. I interact with lots of "normal" users who have a 50/50 shot of getting it right without looking. I see many of them get it wrong, retry, damage connectors, etc. As was also posted this new connector will be the basis for new I/O options. It is rough right now because it is new and you can't buy a charging cable at every Airport or 7-11, but that will change. I purchased an extra cable problem solved. Apple also has the adaptor for Micro USB to Lightning if you really want it.




By Azethoth on 9/29/2012 12:28:10 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. Micro usb sucks coconuts. I hate every single micro-usb device I have because it takes 10 seconds to jam the stupid plug into the device because the makers are too retarded to fix its ergonomics.

Maybe if they fixed that I would like it. Otherwise, gimme whatever Apple wants me to have. My iPad attaches 1st try by touch without even seeing the hole. The 30 pin is fantastic. From the shape of it the lightning looks like it will be even easier to use.


By alcalde on 9/30/2012 2:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
Apple users even find plugging in a cable too hard now and need Apple to simplify it for them? How do you people live in a world of polarized plugs? Or house keys, for that matter?


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