whats the advantage of 'lightning' connector?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThereGoesJB, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. ThereGoesJB macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2010
    I had assumed it was speed, but I was reading that the lighting to USB connection is only USB 2.0.

    Not that I personally need USB 3.0 speeds for my iphone, but since the technology has been out a while now, and they went through the effort of revamping their standard device connection last year... what is the difference?
  2. highlightshadow macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2012
    1. Not just data - adaptable pins ... iOS can assign different functions on demand to pins to provide data, video, audio etc
    2. Power - because its not only USB2.0 compliant it can supply more power than standard
    3. Reversible - plug can be inserted either way. iOS detects and configures pins accordingly
    4. Small - Its smaller :)
    5. Protection - Not a consumer benefit but for Apple they can certify products

    I guess in theory they could increase lightening speed for syncing too ...

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