5 Reasons Why Apple Should Ditch Lightning Cables

MakeUseOf | 9/3/2019 | Megan Ellis
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Apple’s Lightning connector has been around since 2012, becoming a staple in the Apple technology ecosystem. But while it is a well-recognized mainstay of the Apple brand, it’s really time for the company to retire the connector.

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From consumer cost to fragmentation in the Apple ecosystem, here are five reasons why Apple needs to get rid of the Lightning connector.

The cost for cash-strapped consumers is one of the major reasons Apple should retire the Lightning connector on its devices.

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Ever wonder why lightning connector cables seem to be more expensive than their Micro USB or USB Type-C counterparts? Since the Lightning connector is proprietary technology belonging to Apple, there’s an extra fee involved.

Therefore, any third party companies who make devices with these connectors and ports need to pay for the license from Apple. This adds to the overall cost, meaning you’re not just paying for the production costs and general markup.

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This cost extends to adaptors too—in more ways than one. Because only Apple devices use the Lightning connector, iPhone owners usually have to invest in adaptors for peripheral third-party accessories (and sometimes even for other Apple devices). These costs add up over time. Again, unlike non-proprietary accessories, each adaptor will also have a licensing fee in its cost over-and-above the standard price factors.

The cost of and need for adaptors have only increased for customers considering Apple’s decision to ditch the headphone jack on iPhones.

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Even if the cost of Lightning-compatible devices isn’t a major factor for you, the use of the proprietary connector doesn’t help with convenience either.

This is especially true for people who are not fully immersed in the Apple device ecosystem. Android users are mostly able to interchange cables between devices. For...
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