Phil Schiller on the new Lightning connector

Phil Schiller on the new Lightning connectorOne of the, uhm, major features of the iPhone 5 is the new Lightning connector, marking the end of a bizarre tradition started by the iPhone 2G and finished by the new iPad. Hey, I have both of those!

In a post-announcement interview, Schiller has explained why Apple was so focused on the iPhone 5’s connector, while forsaking fancy new stuff like NFC (Near Field Communication) and wireless charging.

Interestingly, NFC was tipped for the iPhone 4S – never mind the iPhone 5. But Apple has again shunned the technology, instead making do with… Passbook. Hmm.

Schiller suggests: “Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today.” A new feature of iOS 6, Passbook proudly shoves boarding passes, cinema tickets, vouchers, loyalty cards “and more” all in one place. Yeah, I still don’t get it.

As for wireless charging, it’s one of the big features of the Nokia Lumia 920, but Schiller notes: “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated.”

The trusty USB cable is also incredibly versatile, allowing charging via plugs, PCs and even aeroplanes.

Schiller adds: “This is the new connector for many years to come.” Good times.

Apple, being really nice ‘n’ all, will release adapters so you can shove your Lightning-based iPhone 5 or fifth gen iPod touch in existing docking stations. Only, er, £25.

via: AllThingsD

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Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:23

Pricey adaptor for sure and one the other way around could be handy for some going forward.
Is the passbook a pretty much US centric thing?

dcx_badass  Sep. 13, 2012 at 17:13

"marking the end of a bizarre tradition started by the iPhone 2G and finished by the new iPad."

What tradition. Wish Apple would stop been tools and use MicroSD, should be forced by the EU, it's a joke and just encourages waste.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 17:22

"marking the end of a bizarre tradition started by the iPhone 2G and finished by the new iPad."

What tradition. Wish Apple would stop been tools and use MicroSD, should be forced by the EU, it's a joke and just encourages waste.

Agree.
Same for all others, too ;)

dcx_badass  Sep. 13, 2012 at 18:34

Like who? Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kobo, Amazon, LG, Huawei, are all using a universal Micro USB to charge.

dcx_badass  Sep. 13, 2012 at 21:51

Like who? Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kobo, Amazon, LG, Huawei, are all using a universal Micro USB to charge.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 09:17

Like who? Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kobo, Amazon, LG, Huawei, are all using a universal Micro USB to charge.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (which can make gsm calls) uses a proprietary USB connector. Not only that - it uses one different from other Galaxy tabs. There are countless phones and tabs that uses non-micro-usb. Then there are numerous variations of HDMI cables, usb-otg connectors, TV out connectors.
Also, long before Apple made an iPhone phonemakers used non-standard stuff, often variations within their own range... From SE's "high-end" music phones that used non-standard earphone adapters, to Nokia using 2 different charger connectors (plus Mini Usb, plus micro-usb).

Etc etc... we could broaden the range - eg to digi cams. Look at the range of chargers, memory cards etc etc.... Gimme a break. I hate Apple for iTunes and a number of other things, but every single dirty little strategy they use, is and has been used long before they entered the arena of mobile tech.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 09:18

PS: worse is that they killed physical TV-out with this!

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 12:50

Like who? Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kobo, Amazon, LG, Huawei, are all using a universal Micro USB to charge.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (which can make gsm calls) uses a proprietary USB connector. Not only that - it uses one different from other Galaxy tabs. There are countless phones and tabs that uses non-micro-usb. Then there are numerous variations of HDMI cables, usb-otg connectors, TV out connectors.
Also, long before Apple made an iPhone phonemakers used non-standard stuff, often variations within their own range... From SE's "high-end" music phones that used non-standard earphone adapters, to Nokia using 2 different charger connectors (plus Mini Usb, plus micro-usb).

Etc etc... we could broaden the range - eg to digi cams. Look at the range of chargers, memory cards etc etc.... Gimme a break. I hate Apple for iTunes and a number of other things, but every single dirty little strategy they use, is and has been used long before they entered the arena of mobile tech.

The thing is, who the hell has ever bought a dock, car adapter, music system, alarm clock etc etc, for a Galaxy Tab? They sell about 4 units per year, hell I've never seen one outside of a shop.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:59

Like who? Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kobo, Amazon, LG, Huawei, are all using a universal Micro USB to charge.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (which can make gsm calls) uses a proprietary USB connector. Not only that - it uses one different from other Galaxy tabs. There are countless phones and tabs that uses non-micro-usb. Then there are numerous variations of HDMI cables, usb-otg connectors, TV out connectors.
Also, long before Apple made an iPhone phonemakers used non-standard stuff, often variations within their own range... From SE's "high-end" music phones that used non-standard earphone adapters, to Nokia using 2 different charger connectors (plus Mini Usb, plus micro-usb).

Etc etc... we could broaden the range - eg to digi cams. Look at the range of chargers, memory cards etc etc.... Gimme a break. I hate Apple for iTunes and a number of other things, but every single dirty little strategy they use, is and has been used long before they entered the arena of mobile tech.

The thing is, who the hell has ever bought a dock, car adapter, music system, alarm clock etc etc, for a Galaxy Tab? They sell about 4 units per year, hell I've never seen one outside of a shop.


True, yet beside the point. Just cause Android tabs are flops, it's okay?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:08

Like who? Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Kobo, Amazon, LG, Huawei, are all using a universal Micro USB to charge.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (which can make gsm calls) uses a proprietary USB connector. Not only that - it uses one different from other Galaxy tabs. There are countless phones and tabs that uses non-micro-usb. Then there are numerous variations of HDMI cables, usb-otg connectors, TV out connectors.
Also, long before Apple made an iPhone phonemakers used non-standard stuff, often variations within their own range... From SE's "high-end" music phones that used non-standard earphone adapters, to Nokia using 2 different charger connectors (plus Mini Usb, plus micro-usb).

Etc etc... we could broaden the range - eg to digi cams. Look at the range of chargers, memory cards etc etc.... Gimme a break. I hate Apple for iTunes and a number of other things, but every single dirty little strategy they use, is and has been used long before they entered the arena of mobile tech.

The thing is, who the hell has ever bought a dock, car adapter, music system, alarm clock etc etc, for a Galaxy Tab? They sell about 4 units per year, hell I've never seen one outside of a shop.


True, yet beside the point. Just cause Android tabs are flops, it's okay?

I think it's more a case of it being the other way around; because iOS devices are so popular, it's not okay.

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