I like it, no one at work steals my cable!
ha...good luck with that.
While there may be an ounce of truth that Apple makes more money by creating there own connector. They also want to have 1 connector for all their devices, and micro USB doesn't cut it if you want to charge an iPad. If you own a Samsung phone and a Samsung tablet, guess what, you have 2 different connectors\chargers because thats what the USB standards mandate. The Lightning connection is superior to micro USB in capabilities as well as functionality. I don't think many Apple owners find it an "inconvenience" to have a better designed cable\connection and the peice of mind that it will work with their device. Most companies simply don't want to spend their own money to develope such things and use the standards to cut costs. If the industry wants everyone to use a standard connection, they should develope a better standard (like Apple did) for todays devices. And Frank needs to go back to designing more phones that nobody wants or buys.
I'm not sure I follow that Samsung comment. I use the same microUSB cable to charge both my Nexus 7 tablet and aging Sony phone.
Same mUSB cable for mine and my sister's phones, also charges my wife's phone. Three brands, one connector.
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What a blow this would be to the Chinese economy. New connectors or incompatible versions of the same connector, means new cables, devices (speaker docks, charging stations, etc) which need to be manufactured. Most of which are made in China or Korea.
Maybe it was a bad example to just use Samsung as a blanket statement, but my buddy has a Galaxy Tab 2 and S4 phone and he complains that they are different. Does it take long to charge your tablet with micro USB?
I don't know. I mean, good for Nokia, but Apple is big enough to not go micro usb. Would be convenient I guess.
I think you've been eating too many apples. USB works fine to charge and sync the devices you mentioned so long as your PC has a 2A USB socket (they pretty much all do now). The lightning cable provides absolutely NOTHING that USB/MicroUSB can't do. The old 30pin dock connector DID do more than USB (analogue audio/video in and out) but lightning is just an over-expensive and over-priced USB2 adaptor. They ONLY worthwhile thing about it is that you don't have to wory about which way around to stick the thing in, however my nokia has wireless charging and I don't even have to plug a cable in at all.
And here it is: http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/04/usb-c-now-in-the-works-smaller-connectors/ I guess Apple had some good ideas after all ...imitation is the best form of flattery. :)
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