Friday, June 6, 2014

Apple’s 30-pin Connector Transition to Lightning Connector

 Back in the year 2007, Apple ignited the smartphone war as they made a wave of touchscreen phones—as we know it, the iPhone. And who couldn’t forget the connector introduced with the 3rd generation iPod way back in 2003 and is associated with the earlier iterations of iPhone or iDevice before the inarguably smaller 5-pin Lightning connector stole the limelight? I can’t stress this enough; it’s Apple’s 30-pin connector.

Is it goodbye?
Fast forward to today, the 30-pin connector that was once the standard equipment on all iOS
devices, has now been brought to its demise—not unless some people still prefer the earlier
iDevice versions that are bundled with the Apple’s old 30-pin connector. After all, the iPad 3 was the last device that used the 30-pin connector. But, is it really time to say goodbye to this old trusty connector?

30-pin connector’s greatness
In retrospect, Apple’s 30-pin connector actually did great. But of course, without putting the new and improved Lightning Connector for people’s syncing and accessory access needs in the picture. It’s really unusual for a device connector to stay in the market for countless years, but Apple managed to prolong the connector in the market for 9 years—which actually speaks volumes to the thought that Apple’s 30-pin connector has been great. Not to mention it being the standard for accessory makers with literally millions of accessories associated with it.

Why the transition?
If the 30-pin connector has been trusted for 9 years, then why is there a need to upgrade? Well, ever heard of the growing digital needs of people and tech savvies alike? The 30-pin connector needs to be replaced since the signals have been changed in the connector every time a product is being improved. FireWire—one of things that are being carried by the Apple connector—was also phased out, which then led to a discontinuity of usage of the 30-pin connector and gave birth to the Lightning connector.

The noticeable changes
As you will notice, the Lightning connector is a lot smaller than that of the old connector—approximately 4 times the size of the latter. The Lightning connector also uses a slightly thinner cable that is about 2 inches longer than the 30-pin connector. Looking at the other end, the USB end of the cable has now a smaller housing. Evidently, changes can be observed physically, yet Apple did not announce any speed benefits of the new cable aside from the signals changed.

It actually is…
So long, 30-pin connector! As I’ve stated earlier, there were literally millions of accessories made matching up with the connector. But now it’s time for the new 8-pin connector named Lightning to flash the light and steal the limelight. The succeeding devices of Apple starting from iPhone 5 are now compatible with the 8-pin connector as it is a proprietary computer bus. After all, Lightning connector is more compact than the old connector. But, even if it actually is goodbye, 30-pin connector will be remembered.

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