One 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.