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Why does Apple use its own cables?

Wouldn't it be cheaper for them to adopt micro usb like everyone else?

Most Useful Answer jezcooke  Jul. 7, 2011 at 15:14

Wouldn't it be cheaper for them to adopt micro usb like everyone else?
On the contrary they make good money licensing their dock connector to third parties who make docks etc. It also helps people stick with their products (if you have expensive peripherals that take iPods/iPhones etc then that's a reason not to change to an alternative brand when it comes to replacing devices. It also does more than USB in that it carries analogue audio and playback control signals in addition to USB data and power.

Apple did eventually sign up to the whole standardising on Micro-USB for charging mobiles thing and that should happen sometime next year but I can't see them abandoning the dock connector with all those devices out there based on it so I guess it will either have a Micro USB port in addition to the dock connector or else they'll just provide a Micro-USB adaptor with the handset.

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CTPAHHIK  Jul. 7, 2011 at 15:05

There are two ways to make money - sell a product and provide services for it. Apple does not provide much services that it can bill for besides the "App Store". Think of phone accessories as a service that Apple provides. As you would need multiple chargers and cables to use your phone Apple will make money. Most Apple customers would buy genuine Apple products instead of aftermarket. More money for Apple.

jezcooke  Jul. 7, 2011 at 15:14

Wouldn't it be cheaper for them to adopt micro usb like everyone else?
On the contrary they make good money licensing their dock connector to third parties who make docks etc. It also helps people stick with their products (if you have expensive peripherals that take iPods/iPhones etc then that's a reason not to change to an alternative brand when it comes to replacing devices. It also does more than USB in that it carries analogue audio and playback control signals in addition to USB data and power.

Apple did eventually sign up to the whole standardising on Micro-USB for charging mobiles thing and that should happen sometime next year but I can't see them abandoning the dock connector with all those devices out there based on it so I guess it will either have a Micro USB port in addition to the dock connector or else they'll just provide a Micro-USB adaptor with the handset.

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