Apple vs. Samsung: A Decade Of Proprietary Connectors [Humor]

Apple vs. Samsung: A Decade Of Proprietary Connectors [Humor]

Upset that after almost a decade, Apple is finally changing the Dock Connector with the new, smaller Lightning Standard? Redditor Ima13X puts it in perspective.

The image makes a great point: Samsung’s had a million proprietary connectors for its devices over the last decade, while Apple’s only had two. However, it’s worth noting that it’s this very consistency in proprietary connectors that allowed Apple to build up a massive third-party “Made for iPhone”, “Made for iPad” and “Made for iPod” licensing business… a business that Samsung’s never managed at all.

So changing the 30-Pin Dock Connector to Lightning is a big deal. The ramnifications on Apple’s accessory ecosystem are huge. As long as Apple doesn’t get in the habit of changing this connector frivolously, though, and has built Lightning to be as future proof (or more so) than the 30-Pin Dock Connector, this changes means fresh billions earned, not just for Apple, but its accessory partners.

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  • Charlotte Ducours

    the real issue is not the power cord, but the proprietary output aka “not usb”

  • Nick Papageorge

    This is a fake point. And regardless of the output, Charlotte, this is an everything cable. One cable to do everything. Not one cable to charge that can be very difficult to buy extras of, but one cable that can be supplanted for everything.

    Now sure, phones are moving to a single standard and I SO wish Apple would just do the same, but they never have in all their years, and we can’t really expect them to jump ship now. Hopefully one day they will, but for now they’ve moved to a connector that seems to be around for a long time to come.

    Oh but how nice would a micro USB connector be. Le sigh.

  • SupaMac

    “Steve Jobs shares with his team what he believes about how technology evolves in ten-year wave cycles.”

    http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2012/09/unpublished-photos-of-steve-jobs-and-silicon-valleys-early-days/?pid=3625

    Sounds about right.

  • Chris Leiter

    The iPod shuffle (1st gen) had it’s own proprietary charger too ;) 3.5mm to USB

  • iSteve

    As Steve said in the last All Thing Digital, Technology has it’s spring and autumn…finally goes to the Technology graveyard.

    So the 30-pin had it’s lifespan and now it’s lightning which is technical vector in it’s spring.

    I’m sure lightning is the right horse to ride.

  • ddevito

    Okay – but at least Samsung has joined the rest of the world and complied with open standards and now uses micro-USB. Unlike the fruit company

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    I’m all for the new connector. What I hate is having to pay $30 a pop for the adapters (which probably cost about 15 cents each to make).

  • Danilo Luiz

    This is one “Only Apple” moment, like Tim Cook points out on the keynotes.

    “Only Apple” gets that much attention from the press and people in general with every single move it makes.

    That’s why some people are complaining.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Okay – but at least Samsung has joined the rest of the world and complied with open standards and now uses micro-USB. Unlike the fruit company

    The fruit company has a standard of its own. That’s what happens when so many people buy your products. Everybody has an iPod.

  • djkikrome
    Okay – but at least Samsung has joined the rest of the world and complied with open standards and now uses micro-USB. Unlike the fruit company

    The fruit company has a standard of its own. That’s what happens when so many people buy your products. Everybody has an iPod.

    And why jump on the usb anything wagon. Why couldn’t any of THOSE STANDARDS be smart enough to make a connector that will plug in no matter which direction you try. ANYONE can plug it in correctly the FIRST TIME. A drunk blind idiot could plug in his iPod before an Android user could get their mini/micro/maybe USB connector aligned correctly and then plugged in.

  • Darwin Raudales

    “This changes means fresh billions earned, not just for Apple, but its accessory partners”,
    Of course, screw the consumers, who need standards? that’s for poor people; stuff like this are the reason I am no longer an apple fan.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Of course, screw the consumers, who need standards? that’s for poor people; stuff like this are the reason I am no longer an apple fan.

    Yeah, you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. That’s like being against solar power because of the occasional deforestation involved.

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