whats the advantage of 'lightning' connector?

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

  1. ThereGoesJB macrumors regular

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    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

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    Oct 11, 2012
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    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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