Originally Posted by chadisawesome
I think the point the article was trying to make that all you fanboys glossed over is the fact that the iphone will not be your last phone... you will upgrade... when you do, if you go to something other than another iphone, you need to buy a new charger, and a new car charger, and then if you go to another phone after that, repeat the process.. what happens to all those old chargers?
Use it with by wife's iPod and my iPod touch and maybe my iPhone without contract as an iPod? The fact is I use my wife's iPod wall wart all the time at home and my iPhone wall wart at work.
If Apple were to adopt this policy and move to micro usb like many other phone manufacturers already have done, it would be great for the consumer.
No, it wouldn't because then we'd have two cables to deal with between iPod and iPhone. Apple's 30 pin dock interface is a de facto standard given the market dominance of the iPod.
Of course I doubt they ever will, but please, just think about how ridiculous you sound defending a proprietary connector just because it's apple. Think about how great it would be, stuck in an airport with no way to charge your phone, just plug it into a dock in a kiosk and grab a few minutes of charge.. if every cell phone used the same connector that could be reality.
I can do that today as long as I'm flying Southwest that provides nice USB ports for recharging. The only real issue I had was with some of the USB car adapters I have that don't have D+/D- lines implemented for power negotiation.
So I had to get one of these:http://www.iogear.com/product/GMPT047AI/
A shame but power negotiation is part of the USB spec. I guess that the little adapter forces 100mA draw to be on the safe side since without knowing you don't know if you can go 100ma, 500ma, 1A or up to 1.8A from a dedicated charger.
Cell chargers built into cars... it would be a great situation, but Apple refusing to cooperate stops this from being a reality, or at least stops all of us iphone owners from being able to take advantage of these possibilities.
Standard USB port. Use your normal dock cable that magically attaches to USB.
Yes, a standard dock is better but it would be better to be standardized to iPods rather than some phone spec because more folks use iPods for MP3 play in cars than phones.
So the 30 pin dock IS the standard, with the only problem with the firewire pins issue and the 3G.
think of it this way. Let's say Apple created a new technology to charge music players, and every other manufacturer of music players adopted this technology, except microsoft because they think their Zune charger is better... think of the commotion all the fan boys would be making because Microsoft refuses to play nice.... doesn't make much sense does it?
Actually I like the Pre charger and it would fail any EU rule to standardize on one charging interface. Which would lock the industry into one aging wired standard when you could be completely wire free.
Induction to charge, BT, 3g and wireless for accessories, audio and data. Video streams would still probably require a dock though.