Apple moving from 30-pin to Micro USB?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Xil3, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Xil3 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    I was just thinking - if they do move over to micro-usb, that will make most of the accessories useless (for the ipod, iphone and ipad), which means we have to dish out more money.

    Don't get me wrong though - I think this move is great, but it will affect our wallets.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    And if you haven't heard about the move to micro-usb, check out this article:
  2. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    As they've recently done this I doubt it.

    I can't ever see them dropping the 30 pin connector as it's pretty much a universal and well supported part of the iPod/iPhone/iPad system. One of the many positive aspects to the platform IMO.
  3. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    It's going to be forced in the EU, at least for the phones, so yeah, I think we are going to slowly see the 30-pin dock connector disappear.
  4. Xil3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    Yeah, but even if they release any new ipod/iphone/ipad with the new micro-usb port, there will still be millions of their old devices in circulation, so they'll still be making money off of the 30-pin - hence why they just released that.

    And I understand your point, but I don't think it's going to be their choice - they either adopt these changes required by the EU or they won't be able to sell in the EU. Aside from that though, they have already agreed to do it, and this should trickle down to the US as well.

    Here's a clip from a news article at 'Routers':

  5. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England

    This post from NightFox from the discussion linked in the first post clears a few points up. The EU legislation is for the charger, not the phone. Apple don't need to add Micro USB to the iPhone to comply with the new rules.

  6. Xil3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    Fair enough - but they did agree to adopt the Micro-USB connector standard for smartphone chargers in the European Union, which means that they will be moving (from my understanding) from the 30-pin to Micro-USB eventually.

    There were also rumors floating around about the new iPad 2nd Gen using Micro-USB vs 30-pin, but who knows...
  7. fishmoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2008
    No they won't, as seen in the post above yours you don't need to have an Micro-USB connector in order to comply with the EU regulations. The 30-pin most likely is here to stay.

    They mad add an Micro-USB to the iPad for other reasons but they don't need to.
  8. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    One standard connector for *charging* is great. We can pick up any USB mini cable and charge any of our devices.. rather than trying to hunt for the right cable.
  9. Xil3 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2007
    Well, that's just a matter of opinion, rather than fact.

    Non of us know what Apple will do next - they may, or may not implement micro-usb.

    Doesn't really matter what the 'above' post said.
  10. BigQid macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    I hope they do micro usb because its a smaller opening thus making a smaller area for water to get into. I've water damaged 2 iphones. The second time it was with barbecue sauce. It covered half the opening, the phone went nuts. I'm on my third iphone now. What they need to do is make this phones at least somewhat water tight.
  11. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    I think Apple will ship a little connector that converts from 30pin to micro-usb for charging purposes.
  12. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Leave it to Apple to over-complicate things, and sell it as a "simplicity" feature :cool:
  13. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    I've always wondered what the point of the 30-pin connector is. What can it do that a 5-pin usb cant? Proprietary (and consequently overpriced) cables are one of my most despised things.
  14. millar876 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2004
    Kilmarnock, Scotland UK
    USB power, USB data, line level audio, component video out, composite video out, audio in and remote controller data as well as power out at the came time as many of these other options. For example. Using the appropriate cables/docks/ stands you can output audio and video whilst charging and issuing remote commands to the device. So it's not just a proprietary USB connector. It dose so much more.

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