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I don't understand why Apple doesn't have special iDevices at the Apple stores with ROM in instead of flash memory. When the retards who steal them try to sync them with iTunes, they won't be able to, and no amount of Jailbreaking would help either. Also the crooks wouldn't be able able to turn off find my iDevice either.
Well would you look at that, I along with many others was right all along. USB 2 on iPhone 5. Oh and no Thunderbolt!The chip is tuned for each cable to improve communication, nothing to do with the future optical cables. With fibre TB cables, the optical transceiver would be in the connector, not the socket.
Apple could probably get away with using 8 pins for USB3, as the standard plug has two grounds. Apple could combine the two grounds and use just one pin instead of two.I also hope it's not USB3. If it is, you can guarantee a jump in accessory prices as they'll have to have fairly complex digital circuitry in. Especially for HDMI and VGA. The processing will need to be done externally to the iDevice, I.e. in the accessory, instead of in the phone with its existing...
That is about the only way it could be done. It would actually close the circuit not open it (no current flows in an open circuit). Seems a bit clunky though, a bit of dirt or dust blocking the button's release would cause a short when removing the connector.There are other issues too: the metal edge of the connector would cause hideous wear to the gold coated pins in the iDevice unless they somehow lifted out the way before insertion.The exposed pins on the plug would...
Err, this has been possible since iOS 4, other than the notification bar at the top. I have had a Navigon satnav app ever since it first came out, and had it direct me from the background many a time.
Alright, I don't think we were quite clear on what you were getting at. Many things are technically possible, such as a 12-disk RAID on a MacBook, but there is little point in discussing things that are that infeasable The Tegra 2 is more based around a traditional motherboard architecture, with a northbridge/southbridge etc. Apple's design is somewhat different to this, it's more tightly integrated and doesn't use a PCIe style bus internally. I'm sure Apple could support...
No problem. It would be possible to have resistors in series with each pin, but for power pins a resistor large enough to prevent shorting damage would also reduce the power available to connected accessories to an unacceptably low level. You could have resettable fuses too, but they allow large currents for a short while before they blow, plus they're physically big. Other than having some kind of switch in the socket to actually enable the pins (I think you suggested...
Please read my previous post which answers this. Yes it'd be possible to have an iPhone with Thunderbolt, but it would be pointless and power hungry. Who needs 10gbps to their phone? It'd need a chip to convert the TB signal to PCIe, then from PCIe to USB to be understood by the ARM CPU, for no advantage over USB at all.
Generally, the metal "plug" part of the connector is actually a shield, and not a ground. The shield is connected to ground however, usually inside the host computer, while the shield and ground are isolated at the peripheral. This helps to prevent electromagnetic interference. So in other words, I doubt Apple would be using the shield as a ground for powering and charging the devices.The iPhone can send power, that's how accessories like the camera to Dock Connector work....
The chips in the HDDs and monitors are client chips, relatively dumb compared to the host chips in the Mac. If the iPhone was a client device, it'd have to turn the PCIe comms from TB to something the ARM CPU could understand, which'd waste a lot of CPU cycles. Right now the iPhone couldn't be a TB host, the TB controller chip is about half the width of the phone itself. But in any case, the ARM CPU doesn't have PCIe by any stretch of the imagination, so it just wouldn't...
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