I thought I would repost this, as it is 100% spot on:
From Vig the Greek:
Here's a shock, Andrew missed the mark yet again some of his points. Let's deconstruct:
His comment of "Now if only AT&T could do their part to boost the quality and reliability of a phone call." What he fails to remember is that AT&T's quality varies per location. Take me, for example, on the Gulf Coast as well as my permanent home in NJ. In either case, I have never once had a problem with AT&T. The only times I have had lackluster service was in areas that every other carrier had the same issues. I understand that AT&T is not wonderful everywhere, but no carrier is. So let's drop the blanket policies and speak only about areas in which we have personal experience. In mine, AT&T is the most reliable carrier.
You think Apple missed the boat on NFC. Wrong again. NFC has a super slow adoption rate by merchants. Sure, more phones are coming with it, but what is the percentage of places that actually take it? ISIS is going to be the new standard. It is a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to create a cross-carrier, cross-platform, secure payment framework. Why would Apple include an unfinished ISIS or their own proprietary NFC payment system that people can only use in 1 of 10 places (or less) that they go when they can wait until it's perfected, perfect it on their hardware side and release it to the masses?
I knew Lightning was going to be addressed in a negative light. First of all, Apple had the 30-pin connector for 10 years. There is no other cable that exists in popularity over 10 years. Parallel cables for printers? 9-pin or 25-pin serial connections to peripheral devices? Even USB 1.0 changes. Did you think that the 30-pin would exist in perpetuity? It's not like each year we have to upgrade. Once every 10 is not too bad. Then there's the whole reversible thing, which you gave credit for; good. Have you taken the time to think about WHY this 8-pin connector arrived right now? Do you think that Apple made it because they wanted to? No. With the phone being 18% thinner they were pressed for the space. The 30-pin had to go. So, if they had to change it anyway, they figured they might as well design something awesome. The reversible nature is part of what makes it awesome. Then there's the part that you didn't even mention - the adaptive technology. While a simple Google search will show you the pinout of the 30-pin connector and the static assignments of each pin, you can't find one for Lightning. Why? because you can use each pin as you see fit. Want to make a sled that turns your iPhone 5 into a remote control and change the way Lightning works? Go for it. So, after the initial hump of complaints by uneducated users reading an uneducated blog and making growing negative for no real reason, 3rd party manufacturers will be able to use this new port in ways they never could before. Expect peripheral devices you've never even considered in about 7-8 months. And keep bitching about the price tag. I'm sure it'll be available on eBay for $5 before long.
So, as per usual, this blog is half thought through with no due diligence, fact checking or real analysis. It's slanted and incomplete, making it the irresponsible journalism we've come to know and love and expect from Andrew and Retrevo.
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