19 Responses

  1. DrKoob
    DrKoob at |

    Did you honestly think that the connector would stay the same forever? Ever heard of SCSI? Back in the late 80s when it started getting phased out every computer user screamed, “Oh no! What shall we do without our SCSI devices?”

    Apple had to make the change at some time. They could not make the phone thinner and lighter with the original connector.

    Get over it!

  2. Steve
    Steve at |

    The issue isn’t that the connecter changed. The issue is that it isn’t backwards compatible with the previous format rendering many docking devices useless. When Super VHS came out you could play the tapes (at normal resolution on an older VHS machine) When DVD players came outpart of the agreed upon standard was that they would play CD’s. Similarly, when Blu-ray came out part of the agreed upon standard was that they would play DVD/s. Apple wouldn’t have this issue if they would stick with an industry standard connector instead of making a propietary one up for their device. Don’t get me wrong I’m an apple fan and user BTW.

  3. Mikey
    Mikey at |

    Good marketing plan by apple, sell more stuff.

  4. Sice
    Sice at |

    As long as Apple makes available its tech then someone like Belkin will come along to help out. There’s always a vendor for that, and they’re usually fast to market.

    But I’ll just continue to stay away from Apple.

  5. snuggliestbear
    snuggliestbear at |

    Just one of the many reasons that I will never use or buy an Apple product again (my last was an ipod about 7 years ago). There is no problem with the USB standard that everyone else uses, yet Apple insists on making another proprietary connector just because they can.

  6. oliver2002
    oliver2002 at |

    What really puzzles me is that apple didn’t implement the standard usb connector the industry recently agreed upon (with some arm twisting by the regulators) that will do away with the various chargers starting 201x. This blatant abuse of market share is scary.

  7. Phil
    Phil at |

    Guys, after reading this, I’m finaly glad I have a Blackberry 🙂 No compatible alarm clocks, no compatible IFE = no surprises, no worries, no problems ! 🙂

  8. matt
    matt at |

    I would point more toward widespread reliance on a proprietary.connector ruining travel, if anything.

  9. Tony
    Tony at |

    Is this really that big of a deal? Who actually relies solely on the hotel alarm clock? I always bring my own cable because you never know where/when you’ll need it.

  10. oneeyejack
    oneeyejack at |

    as everyone else has already said…another reason why the iphone SUCKS!!!!! I can’t believe someone as techie as you would use an iFail!! tsk tsk

  11. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Which carriers have the 30 pin iPod connections? Never seen it. Seen several with USB ports for charging or power. The iPhone 5 cable will still work in those cases.

    It is a problem for auto manufacturers that had the dock connection as opposed to just the USB port.

  12. Julian
    Julian at |

    It’s interesting how these half(non)-issues emerge with every iteration of the iPhone, and soon die their slow death as demand surges. With every new technology there are some drawbacks, but the positives of the iPhone far outweigh the maps and the connector “bumps on the road”.

  13. AS
    AS at |

    This problem is quite easily solved by using any solution that uses standard, non-proprietary connectors – ie. virtually any Android phone or tablet, Blackberry, or Windows Phone.

    When you buy into the Apple ecosystem, you are paying a price premium for life, while the rest of the world overtakes you in price, performance and end-user experience. You are being gouged but most of you are either too invested in the Apple ecosystem (owning iphone, ipad, apple tv, mac, etc) or too proud to change directions.

  14. Julian
    Julian at |

    @AS: None of the above. It is just hard to go from a top quality to an inferior product just because of maps or a connector.

  15. Damyon
    Damyon at |

    Boo Hoo!

  16. oneeyejack
    oneeyejack at |

    top quality? are you serious?? apple is behind on the times with the 5. this is what the 4s should have been.

  17. Paul
    Paul at |

    Just wanted to point out the passbook app is not an iPhone 5 product, but part of iOS 6. That means, if you have an iPhone 4S, 4, 3gs, etc and upgrade it to iOS 6, you will get the passbook. Fair warning, you’ll also get Apple Maps, so its a trade off!!

  18. Jeff
    Jeff at |

    Seth the only reason a iPhone won’t fit is if an airline/IFE mfg implemented a thirty pin cradle of some sort like auto mfgs have in some cases. Is there a system flying today with that? Only ever seen the USB port on a plane.

    The current iPhone 4S cable will not video out unless you get the one with the 3 RCA jacks or equivalent plus USB. Apple will also come out with them for the 5. The system that Singapore Airlines uses is like that (at least on the planes going from lax and sfo). Maybe it should have been included into the new interface but is not a reduced capability.

    Apple may regret the decision to ignore the std but given how many items embrace their interface today in spite of the std may have convinced them they can still go their own way.