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The Macalope Daily: Hissy fit du jour

The Macalope | Sept. 17, 2012
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This is, what, sarcasm? It's hard to tell when the primary argument is so overblown.

Most of the world's phone manufacturers have finally coalesced around a single standard for docking connectors--micro USB.

Wait, which one is micro-USB? The tiny one the Macalope's always putting in the wrong way or the teeny tiny one the Macalope's always putting in the wrong way?

Aside from anything mandated by the physical design of the new iPhone...

Like the fact that making it so thin precludes using the existing dock connector and the fact that Lightning is simply better. The ability the put the plug in either way alone is worth at least $29 to the Macalope, anyway.

...controlling a unique interface for a hugely popular consumer device ensures a steady flow of profits.

The amount that Apple makes off licensing dock connector technology is a pittance compared to how much it makes just selling the phone. If the company thought people really wanted micro-USB connectors, it'd probably use them.

Leonard then drags out the tired old mule of an argument that is "open always wins"!

What's so crazy here is that if you had suggested to anyone ten years ago that Apple would have the marketplace power to impose incompatible design changes on cellphones, you would have been thought at best an imbecile, at worst potentially homicidally insane.

Homicidal. Because of your views on technology. Look, pundits, just leave the hyperbole to the Macalope, OK? Because it's apparent none of you know how to do it right.

Apple itself was widely seen as the best evidence for this fundamental truth! Personal computers running Microsoft Windows and powered by Intel processors were open to anyone, anywhere to tinker with and add or substract hardware, and they completely dominated the computing world. Meanwhile, Apple's decision to maintain total control over its own hardware was seen as self-defeating, as limiting its market share to the most devout true believers.

Yeah, how's that working out lately?

Apple is the most valuable company in history! It can do what it wants.

Until, some day, it can't. Until users decide, hey, that new Samsung is just as good as the new iPhone and it is just so much less of a hassle to use it with my other devices, because, you know, it just works.

Apple has always done this, pushed itself and its customers to use the best technology when it made sense. And look where it is today.



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