Changing the iPhone connection port

Or: why this will be a massive mistake for Apple.

So, the world is currently discussing many rumours about the iPhone 5 (yes, again), and just about every ridiculous thing they always do. One of the most common ones is that Apple will be changing the connection port to a smaller one. This may or may not be true (I, for one, know it is happening, but I don’t know for certain what it’ll be like or if it’ll be happening for the next iPhone…and no, I’m not going to tell you how I know it’ll def be happening in the next 2 years or so) but I thought I would discuss why I think this is a very bad idea.

Apple’s business works where you like their products, so you buy their products. Then you buy a whole load of awesome accessories for those products. Then their new product comes out..and you buy that new product because you already have speakers, and a tv cable, and a radio clock, and a computer dock, and a million different cables for it. Then they bring out a different product that uses the same connector and you think “Oh, all these things I have already work with this completely new product” so you buy it again…and then the cycle continues.

This cycle will break.

When Apple change the connector, suddenly everything will be obsolete. Everything. Now, sure, maybe they release a converter as well, but then for your speakers, the iPhone won’t fit right in it, and you need to remember to carry this around with you everywhere. It’ll just be a mess. So really the best thing to do is to buy all new stuff.

Now, Apple are clearly under the impression that people will just buy a new iPhone because they like it. Maybe they will. I’m sure loads will. But there also is involved in this, a huge annoyance. Would you want to go back to that ecosystem when they just moved everything from beneath your feet? Maybe they’ll do it again. They have a history of just wiping the slate clean with their products. It’s not even like companies will continue to make products with the old connector, because Apple license it to them, and they will probably stop licensing it to anyone.

Now, I am all for advances in technology. However, this may just be a smaller version of the connector. If so, that’s massively annoying.

Apple better have some awesome feature that this fulfills that they couldn’t do with the old connector or they are going to annoy a lot of people.

3 Responses to “Changing the iPhone connection port”

  1. Grant Says:

    In the past when they’ve changed various connections on iBooks etc they’ve produced small adapters that allow all the old cables to still be used. I can’t see what they wouldn’t do the same here.

  2. YaManicKill Says:

    I did address this in the post:

    “Now, sure, maybe they release a converter as well, but then for your speakers, the iPhone won’t fit right in it, and you need to remember to carry this around with you everywhere. ”

    The problem is, that these things are made specifically for the shape and size of iPods/iPhones. As soon as you add a connector into the mix, it ends up being top heavy, or squinted or it rocks in the dock, it just becomes annoying.

  3. Jonny Says:

    Don’t you think the adaptor could be built in to that spacer thing that you always need to make the latest model fit in the accessory? You’d need one anyway, so might be dual purpose.

    Guess the point people could take though is that they’ve been able to use the same accessories for the last, what 7 years, compared to def having to change with any other device. So if this is a change for another 7 years compared to swapping to another manufacturer and most likely non of the accessories being very compatible it doesn’t seem that bad.

Leave a Reply