Originally Posted by mkeath
That's my point though. You can't do it out of the box. People don't want to keep track of (or buy) adapters and accessories they otherwise wouldn't need. IMO, making the device thinner and sacrificing connectivity was a mistake. We will have to wait and see if that mistake will bite Apple in the ass.
I don't see how this is a mistake or a deal breaker. If your point is to use it for a camera, then you have a camera bag and a cable, likely USB-B-to-USB-A. Just leave it in your camera bag until it's needed. You can even fasten it there permanently if grabbing two thing from the same place is really a pet peeve.
I'm all for the 30-pin adapter. I can't think of another company that has stayed with the same connector across so many devices for as long as Apple. How many years and how many iDevices has it been now?
Remember, this is an accessory device, not a PC replacement so I have to think that making the whole thing thicker to appeal to less people is a less sound marketing strategy than making an adapter that only a few will ever need and even less with be upset by.