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Apple is about to upset many fans
Will every iPhone accessory you own become obsolete?
Jun 22, 2012 9:19 AM EDT
All those expensive iPhone accessories you own, all the stuff that plugs into the bottom of the device -- speakers, docks, chargers and so on -- may be about to become obsolete.
Tech blog TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to change the design and size of the connector for the iPhone 5. The old 30-pin connector, which has been the standard since the third generation iPod, is to be replaced by a 19-pin mini connector.
"TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem," the site wrote.
"The new port is similar in size to the Thunderbolt port available on many MacBook devices but [TechCrunch] has been told by three independent manufacturers that the pin-out will be different."
"It's clear Apple is more concerned with space savings inside each device."
Leaked video footage claiming to be of the iPhone 5 shows a smaller connector.
TechCrunch's prediction that the news will send shockwaves is spot on.
Tech blogger Robert Scoble said the change would give Apple a tighter control on iPhone accessories.
"It will be nearly impossible to make unlicensed devices," he wrote on his blog. "Unfortunately these design goals mean making obsolete the something like 10 power chargers in my home. Sigh."
Awesome Robo's Sirio Brozzi wrote, "People are stunned by this possibility, myself included. I mean, why fix something that's not broken?"
Writing on Forbes.com, Dave Thier said "Apple is great at getting us to buy new products, and this may be one its biggest coups yet. The environment will suffer, like usual, but expect accessory manufacturers to make a mint after an uncomfortable transition."
Mashable reports the iPhone's dock connector "is about to go on a diet."
Apple has yet to respond to questions about the new connector design.
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- 06-23-2012, 06:29 PM #5
These "iSheep" comments have been old for a while now. What insult would you like for using a smartphone made by a company that is doing worse and worse every time they report their earnings? Or a smartphone that was shipping with a high-end price tag with low-end specs for its time of release? Or a company that prides themselves on business and great communications, but ships their first "professional grade tablet" with no calendar, email or BBM?
I wont insult you though, I think your over use of the sarcasm smiley and your childish insults do enough damage already.
Last edited by avt123; 06-23-2012 at 06:34 PM.
- 06-23-2012, 06:58 PM #6
If they are about to change the design, I wish they would go with the almost universally used micro USB.
Hate having to lug around different travel chargers and car chargers.Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and good with ketchup
Isn't it amusing how people who claim to not enjoy CB at all simply can't stay away???? It's because it's CRACKBERRY, the BEST BB site....
Please Stop Fighting About Your Smartphone
- 06-23-2012, 07:24 PM #8
- 06-24-2012, 04:15 PM #11
- 06-24-2012, 04:18 PM #12
- 06-27-2012, 10:02 AM #15
I was thinking about this, and I found much of the appeal of the Iphone is almost always based on pure hype. Nothing about the phone should make people choose it over any other leading edge phone right now. If you want IOS apps there's always the IPad to fall back on if you want to run those, and there's valid reasons for wanting the Ipad because it is simply the best right now. For the Iphone I just don't see any reason to get it.
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- 06-27-2012, 10:51 AM #16
- 06-27-2012, 11:50 AM #17I survived the Storm of 2008 and the PlayBook of 2011.
- 06-27-2012, 11:52 AM #18
- 06-28-2012, 04:09 PM #23
Can't we all just get along? (Rodney "I never met a drug I didn't abuse" King)
Seriously I was thinking the other day that they've used the same dock connection for at least 6-7 years. Time for some new gear, like a football team changing colors!Samsung Galaxy Nexus, iPad2 and iMac. Former BB 8100 and 8900 owner.