“The tiniest iPhone rumors can cause a big uproar,” John D. Sutter reports for CNN. “The latest: The blog TechCrunch on Wednesday published a story claiming the next-generation iPhone will have a new connection port that’s about a third the size of the one on the current model.
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Sutter reports, “The reaction on blogs and on Twitter has been largely negative, with people saying the new port — used to charge the phone and connect it to other devices — would render obsolete existing chargers and accessories such as speaker sets.”
Sutter reports, “Are standards just too easy for Apple to use?” asked Calob Horton, a writer for the blog Pocketables, which focuses on mobile technology. ‘Does the company feel the need to create its own, proprietary hardware to feel special, more profitable or even more popular?’ He added: ‘I understand the lust Apple has towards thinness and being able to cram more tech into a small package, but it can be achieved without its own port designs that can make the devices incompatible with other companies’ products.'”
MacDailyNews Take: As they say in Jersey, prove it, Calob, or STFU. You have no specs. You have no idea. You have nothing.
“TechCrunch said its report is based on interviews with three independent manufacturers of Apple accessories that said the new iPhone will include a 19-pin dock instead of the current 30-pin model,” Sutter reports. “In 2003, Apple introduced the 30-pin dock connector on the third-generation iPod. Since then, the port has been a fixture at the bottom of Apple’s mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad. The connection type is proprietary, meaning cords and accessories that use the 30-pin dock only work with Apple devices. Still, the dock has become ‘insanely ubiquitous,’ as Pocketables writes, to the point that it’s almost a standard of its own.”
MacDailyNews Take: It is in fact a standard. It is the de facto standard used by hundreds of millions of users.
Sutter reports, “Writing for the site ZDNet, Jason D. O’Grady said the new port ‘presumably’ adheres to the Micro USB standard, which is used on most other mobile phones. If that’s the case, he said, the switch could have all kinds of advantages, including saving consumers money (a 30-pin cord from Apple costs $19; Micro USB cords start at less than $1) and making it easier for Apple to comply with a European law that requires Micro USB ports on new mobile phones. (Apple gets around this by selling an adapter in Europe.)”
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MacDailyNews Take: How about the whiners of the world unite and make a tearful pact to stop fscking whining until they at least know WTF they’re whining about? The world would be such a better place.
Cue the dirtbag ambulance chasers to start thinking about ginning up class action lawsuits over a rumor in 3… 2…