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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission 543

Posted by Soulskill
from the we-have-found-that-customers-enjoy-paying-money dept.
WebMink writes "Back in 2009, Apple signed an agreement aimed at reducing electronic waste resulting from mobile phone accessories. But this week's launch of the iPhone 5 shows them reneging on that commitment. Instead of including a micro-USB connector on the iPhone, as they agreed to do along with the rest of the phone industry, they created yet another proprietary connector. At a stroke, they have junked earlier iPhone accessories, forced a new industry in Apple-only accessories to arise and broken their promise to the EC. It's a huge missed opportunity both for their customers and for the environment."
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iPhone 5 Scorns Standards Promise To European Commission

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  • Re:Fuck Apple. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Stalks (802193) * on Friday September 14, 2012 @08:01PM (#41341953)
  • by Guspaz (556486) on Friday September 14, 2012 @08:19PM (#41342125)

    MHL doesn't, however, allow the device to power the adapter needed to actually connect it to anything (like a TV). And since MHL doesn't define any connector standard, the convention of violating the USB spec by hijacking micro USB ports isn't even consistent.

    Want to connect your Samsung Galaxy S III to an HDMI television? No problem, you'll just need an 11-pin to 5-pin MHL adapter, a 5-pin MHL to HDMI adapter, some sort of external USB power source (MHL doesn't guarantee power, so not all devices can power an adapter properly), and a USB-to-micro-USB adapter to get the power to the MHL adapter... Oh yeah, and an HDMI cable.

    If I want to connect an iDevice to a television, I need one adapter, and one HDMI cable. Two components. If I want to connect an MHL device to a television, I potentially need up to six components.

    Why would I ever want to do this? MHL is a terrible idea on so many levels, and even when it works perfectly (with the minimum possible number of components), you've still managed to violate the USB spec.

  • Re:Fuck Apple. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by imikem (767509) on Friday September 14, 2012 @09:41PM (#41342755) Homepage

    The Micro USB connector sucks. Every phone I've ever seen using it starts having problems with loose connections causing intermittent charging after 9-12 months. Meanwhile the iPhones I have had have all charged fine for as long as I've owned them. I have a now ancient 3G iPhone, still charges fine after having been used by three members of my family over 4 years. Even disregarding the variety of features available on the Lightning connector, I'll pass on the Micro USB "standard", thanks.

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