re: iPhone 4S: 5 Missing Features
Re: Standards-Based Technologies.
Who really cares? Does it really affect anything?
You have a choice.
Use micro USB and be able to use your HTC charger and Data Cable and destroy the whole iPod/iPhone eco-system, or make do with a proprietary connector.
The benefits of keeping the dock connector FAR outweigh the negatives, when you consider the where number of iPhone and iPod accessories which already include dock connectors. I, for one, would have been very annoyed if apple made me re-buy all of my stereo equipment, accessories and yes, even CAR, because they removed the dock connector.
Also, apple do not force you to spend $100 on an Apple TV. The Apple Digital AV Adapter (a device which, by the way, relies on the dock connector) allows you to connect a standard HDMI cable to your iPhone for video out. There are dozens of cheaper compatible versions also available, and the beauty of the dock connector is that if your TV/projector/whatever doesn't include a HDMI input, there are several other cable options available, such as Composite, Component, VGA, or even S-Video if you happen to own an older iPod dock with S-Video out!
I think standards are good, but not if they make the device worse, and switching to fixed micro-usb and HDMI ports would certainly make the iPhone worse.