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Apple's Planned Obsolescence: Customer Revolt Brews
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PJS880
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6/25/2012 | 5:34:49 PM
re: Apple's Planned Obsolescence: Customer Revolt Brews
In the pursuit of evolution is about to get even more exspensive!
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ANON1237837896902
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6/25/2012 | 5:24:35 PM
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Apple makes virtually NOTHING!!!! on dock connector licensing. The idea that they would transition off the dock connector (a powerful lock in for many i-Device users) to something new as a way to increase sales of cables and adapters is so stupid it makes me wonder how anyone would have come up with it. AND IT IS STILL JUST A RUMOR!!!!

I hope the dock connector gets updated soon to make even faster interfaces available (USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt) as well as higher power transfers to allow things like the iPad 3 charge faster.
Tronman
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6/25/2012 | 5:20:35 PM
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"Apple is great at getting us to buy new products"

I am happy to say that, for me, Apple has failed miserably.
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6/25/2012 | 5:20:08 PM
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This might be a great idea if USB carried everything necessary for every accessary that anyone would ever want, but it doesn't. This was a stupid idea!

Along those same lines, I have not purchased a car or wall charger that wasn't simply a standard USB adapter for 5 years. All I will need are some new cables and the primary one will come with my phone.
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6/25/2012 | 4:56:30 PM
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I hear your point, but I don't think is a fair statement. That dock connector has been a standard across ipod, ipod touch, and all generations of iPhones, for 10 years now. At some point you need to move forward and keep evolving. Should we still be using 8" external floppy disks and pinfeed dot matrix printers? It's not like they keep changing interfaces with each device to make you buy new stuff -- it's been TEN YEARS! Just like they dropped the floppy before anyone else, and now have dropped the CD drive in their newest machines and even hard drives in favor of SSD and dropped Firewire for Thunderbolt, it's just a matter of evolution. As an ipod/iphone user, I agree it's less than optimal. I have a bunch of now "old" interface devices too. But in the name of innovation and moving the ball forward (so to speak), I can understand why they're downsizing to make things continually smaller -- for a mobile device, that's a good thing.
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6/25/2012 | 4:46:24 PM
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One question what has Apple obsoleted so far?

Has he a brain to discern before shooting from the hip hoping to catch some clicks.

Sad to read such a hitwhore of a blog.
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6/25/2012 | 4:17:27 PM
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Jonathan -- I agree with the thinking behind your frustrations, but it is also being reported that Apple is changing the dock connector to conserve space -- either to reduce the footprint of their device to better compete with these larger, yet slimmer/lighter phones like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, or to improve the battery capability, or both. Both changes are necessary, and if a dock connector makes that possible, it puts Apple between a rock and a hard place, and us, as customers, between those two as well. Thinking of all the iHome gizmos and the $100+ Mophie cases . . . heck, I've spent maybe $500 or so over the years just on that stuff.

I do like MyWOr1d's question about standards. And one wonders whether micro-USB should be the simple answer. But at this point, I'm not sure Apple has much choice -- unless the change to the connector actually isn't necessitated by the two factors I mention.
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6/25/2012 | 1:43:05 PM
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Whatever happened to the EU technology movement from just a few years ago that championed mandated standard connectors (power and audio) for mobile phone devices to be marketed? The goal was to open the market to accessory producers (with competitive cost reduction) and inhibit vendor lockin.
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