Why Apple went with the new Lightning connector — Engenieer explains
The iPhone 5 was launched a few days ago. It has a new connector and has been given the name “Lightning Connector” It’s a 9 pin connector that has replaced the old 30-pin dock connector.
This change has received a lot of criticism as a lot of people don’t understand why it’s necessary and the fact that why didn’t Apple just go along with the standard Micro USB connector.
Rainer Brockerhoff, a software programmer and ex-engineer explains why Apple didn’t use the micro USB connector:
“People keep asking why Apple didn’t opt for the micro-USB connector. The answer is simple: that connector isn’t smart enough. It has only 5 pins: +5V, Ground, 2 digital data pins, and a sense pin, so most of the dock connector functions wouldn’t work – only charging and syncing would. Also, the pins are so small that no current plug/connector manufacturer allows the 2A needed for iPad charging.”
There are a number of benefits to Apple from making their own connector. For example, the connector has no right way to plug in, it’s completely reversible. It also gives Apple some control over accessories and it will also lead to revenue generation.
However, old accessories compatible with the old connector would face a problem. What’s going to happen to them? The ‘Lightning converter’ would come into play. People still have to spend more money just to make the old accessories compatible. It might not even work as it may have some compatibility issues. There might be more to the new dock connector. More will be discovered later on. What’s your theory? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.