Originally Posted by TheSwordBearer
This doesn't add up to me. How can a connector that may require a 180˚ rotation from the orientation it naturally falls to, lead to less
strain than one requires a maximum of 90˚ rotation?
I have a dock connector on my desk that does this. It happen to lye "face down" when unplugged and I have to twist it 180˚ to plug in my devices so that they are face up, as I want them on the desk. If the connector could use either orientation I wouldn't need to twist it at all.
I don't know how you plug yours in, but I hold the phone, lift the cable off the desk, turn the connector the proper orientation that it naturally conforms to, I.e. I turn it naturally the direction that has less stress, when I see it is backwards.
In this way, there is not a constant stress on the connecting point, as I have often noticed on my mag-safe. And weight is not an issue here. The iPhone is sufficiently heavy enough to keep the cable In place, I.e. the phone won't flip over to adjust to the natural alignment of the cable.
The mag-safe on the other hand, I will plug in however I happen to pick it up off the desk, regardless of the orientation of the Mac. Since I don't have to think about how I plug it in, I usually don't. I have however, caught myself, realized how much the cable was twisting at the connector and rotated it around -- and this is only because I lost two mag safe connectors to burned out (literally) connections at the strain relief.
This I believe is the weakness of the symmetrical connector. The L shape connector eliminated this. I can't imagine why Apple would go back to it.
I also don't see this as primarily dock use ... I think most people don't have docks. Either way, the depth at which this thing slides into the device compared to its width still strikes me as something less safe than the current dock connector, and seemingly has a lot of breakage written all over it, as people rip their phones out of docks and connector cables, especially if they are using them with adapters. This might actually be a reason Apple won't sell an adapter themselves ... Huge liability ... If this is indeed the final design, I hope the insertion point on the iPhone is a solid mate and jerking or bending the connector one way or the other will result in the tab snapping off and not breaking the logicboard ...