Apple iPhone 5, Lightning & Its Criticizers
I want to write a short note on why some people just don’t get certain things, yet they won’t give up.
Their argument is that the benefits don’t justify the effort & consumers pay for it.
Let me say this - if everybody starts thinking like this - why design a better solution, when something existing is good enough - the world would move forward at a very very slow pace. Sure, the quote “why fix when it ain’t broke” applies, but there is a subtlety here at play. Most people think micro-usb is good enough because they have not imagined the possibilities beyond it. I am happy, Apple has challenged themselves to do that.
And yes, even a feature like reversible operation is worth an upgrade in my opinion. Think about how many time you plug and unplug the cable.
Also think from a hardware standpoint. Apple has to save space, make things future-proof, because the last dock connector stuck around for nearly 10 years!! 10 years! That means the new dock connector has to be a little bit future-proof. In other words, it should not hold off on developers and hardware designers to stop from doing something innovative with it, to a good extent.
Micro-USB is not 10-year proof! Adaptive interface is another Lightning feature, that most smart folks haven’t talked about a lot, but I think its best feature.
Micro-USB can be updated to support these, sure. But you have to go through a standards process and such radical ideas take time to pass through standards body/decision makers! And why would Apple wait for them when it has the technical expertise, capacity and desire to build it themselves.
Let me say one more thing - don’t discourage someone who is trying to build something better, when something out there is good enough and put a consumers benefit cover on it. Consumers don’t know what they are missing, they will never know what the possibilities are, even from a simple dock connector. Don’t put them here.
Yes, its not the most economical option. Sure. But innovation has its cost. Else there is no innovation. Some more than others - Apple has a massive footprint so I understand the frustration to a certain extent - but Apple iPhone is no ordinary smartphone. I might sound like someone from Apple Marketing, but if you read up on the amount of effort, design and detail that goes into an iPhone, you will know what I mean. Its no ordinary smartphone & it doesn’t intend to be one from what I know. That means staying on the bleeding edge of hardware design & manufacturing. And that also means higher costs to consumers. Hence, frankly, if you are a very economical minded person in terms of smartphones, I would recommend that you don’t buy and iPhone in the first place. Otherwise, you have chosen to use a smartphone, that’s an iPhone. It will have its costs, but its share of pleasant surprises as well, if you appreciate them. You decide…
PS. Some technical details on the Lightning here.