Apple agrees to produce standard phone charger in Europe
Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:23 AM
This is certainly good news. A little late--the iPhone 3G and 3GS chargers are so tiny now. Still, I've got the charger that came with my iPhone, the one that came with the A/V out cable, the slightly larger ones that came with my iPods, and now the teeny iPhone 3GS charger. It's a shame that Apple may actually have to include a charger longer (I think it could have gotten away with making it a separate purchase next year).
Posted 29 June 2009 - 11:42 AM
Mini-USB is not going to provide the needed abilities to replace the Dock connector so to me it seems the most likely answer is that Apple will actually produce the Dock to Mini-USB convertor and include it in all packages.
Posted 29 June 2009 - 04:07 PM
Unless Apple puts micro-USB ports in Macs, you need an adapter or a second cable (one step forward, one step back--like I said earlier, the current charger is tiny). Even if it does, most computers in use don't have them.
Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:33 PM
Miniaturisation when it leads to needless duplication, incompatibilities and a throwaway culture is obviously counterproductive.
Posted 30 June 2009 - 02:41 AM
Anyways, long life to the EC for taking initiatives like this. (And to Apple for following ;))
Posted 04 July 2009 - 10:20 AM
Posted 04 July 2009 - 01:28 PM
I was under the impression that the idea is a charger that has a micro-USB port. Maybe the iPhone will gain a micro-USB port and come with a micro-USB-to-USB-A cable that you can use to connect to the millions of chargers Apple has already shipped (and every computer out there). That would suggest Dan is wrong that "while the chargers will be included with the phones at first, they will not be available on their own until later on." The chargers exist, you just need a micro-USB-to-USB-A cable (alas, my camera and universal remote came with mini-USB-to-USB-A cables, so I don't have one myself).
Everything I've read on this standard refers to a single interface; but since we all too familiar with dock/USB or USB-B/USB-A or micro-DVI/DVI interfaces, I find that confusing. If all these devices are smart devices that require syncing, shouldn't the standard be a micro-USB/USB-A interface?
BTW, in answer to Dan's questions, the dock-connector won't go away, it has pins that USB lacks (e.g., digital line-out). The question becomes: if the iPhone gains a micro-USB port, will Apple allow developers to make devices that interface with it like they can with the dock-connector or Bluetooth?