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iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
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Andrew Hornback
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Andrew Hornback,
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7/28/2012 | 8:59:16 PM
re: iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
As I tend to recall, wasn't there some sort of ruling in the EU that required all cell phone hardware manufacturers to adopt the MicroUSB standard for power connectivity or pay a requisite fine?

The move, most certainly, has something to do with Apple throwing a bone to those who pay for Apple's seal of approval on their device to show consumers that their device really will work with their iDevice. Why should third-parties continue to keep creating new devices when there's no necessary business case driving them?

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moarsauce123
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7/24/2012 | 12:11:39 PM
re: iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
Apple fanbois have no problem with wasting hundreds of Dollars each year on the latest gadget from Apple. So buying all new accessories is just something extra they have to pay for to keep their bragging rights. Apple sells to an audience that apparently has massive amounts of unused cash willing to spend it on toys like iPhones.
Look at it differently, drastically changing things and requiring to buy more stuff will only be good for the economy. At least the states will collect more sales tax this way.
Eric Z
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7/23/2012 | 7:30:32 PM
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Perry / Tom - I fully expect third-party companies to make a mint by selling adapters. Apple will surely make its own, as will a dozen other companies. Any way you look at it, that's dollars out of my pocket and into some one else's.

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Tom LaSusa
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7/23/2012 | 7:25:12 PM
re: iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
Hi Perrey,

An excellent point, and probably true. Nevertheless, while it's Apple's right to make changes to their devices, it seems like they could have taken the opportunity to go with Micro USB (as Eric mentioned above). Instead now we've got people thinking that Apple's making this change so they can squeeze a little extra out of the consumer's pocket.

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Tom LaSusa
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majenkins
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7/23/2012 | 6:51:00 PM
re: iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
it's puzzling why it would move to another proprietary design

Because Apple is and always has been about proprietary! Other companies try this and they get vilified; Apple does it and the folks just pay up.
Perrey
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Perrey,
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7/23/2012 | 6:16:35 PM
re: iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
Did you ever hear of an adapter? Probably many manufacturers, and perhaps even Apple, will make one.
Perrey
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Perrey,
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7/23/2012 | 6:14:41 PM
re: iPhone 5 Dock Smaller: Accessory Headache
Did you ever of an adapter?
Armour
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Armour,
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7/23/2012 | 6:00:06 PM
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I see the hassle and the costs and I'm not liking it. But there is a secondary reason not to use USB as it is used as an interface other then data, Video, sound, ect are all been feed from the port. I use HDMI, and component cables when travelling to play media on projectors and TV sets.
ldehaan941
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7/23/2012 | 5:30:15 PM
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Heck, it was always a quiescent revenue stream, ready to be invoked whenever necessary.
John doe
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John doe,
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7/23/2012 | 4:19:09 PM
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Fragmentation, LOL.


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