First, let me say that all of you who sold your soul or stood by your computers late at night or stood outside Apple stores to be the “first” to get an iPhone 5 must have very short memories. How many times does Apple have to screw you with being the “first” to get a new iPhone before you realize that it’s smarter to just wait a couple of months for the bugs to be worked out? How much do you want to bet that the second generation of the iPhone 5 will be the one that really works?
Anyhow, my main beef with the iPhone 5 is the new “Lightning” connector. Taking a page from the world of PC’s, Apple has decided to create an artificial need. First, consider how ubiquitous the current iPod/iPhone connector is. Most any company with anything to do with sound, makes the iPod dock standard while all other MP3 players must use the auxiliary connector. iPod has become synonymous with “MP3 player” just like Tide became synonymous with detergent, Pledge with dusting, Kleenex with tissues, Coke for any brown soda, and Xerox for copiers and copying. That’s quite a statement. So why change anything?
Now the iPhone 5 has this “Lightning” dock that is much smaller than the current 30-pin dock. But, do you know what’s on the other end of that lightning? A standard USB connector. Thus, there is nothing lightning fast about the new Lightning dock. My question is: if the USB is good enough to connect to my computer, why not just use a mini USB connector for the iPhone 5 like just about every other smartphone device on the market?
Oh! I get it. Gotta create a new need to buy new shit. Thanks Apple.