Originally Posted by Foolsmasher
A massive slap in the face huh? Oh please, do be more dramatic. Just another case of people expecting a hand out and resisting change.
Let's create a hypothetical scenario then. Let's assume that you have a fully functioning computer, a good assumption given that you're on OCN. Now let's assume that Nvidia, AMD and Intel all, without warning, switched all video out to PTB
(Post Thunderbolt) and didn't allow any partners to release a product with anything but PTB. By this time, consumers had amassed a large amount of accessories that used DVI, HDMI, and Displayport. Furthermore, when they released it, they refused to allow any of their partners to include an adapter from PTB to Displayport, HDMI, or DVI. Instead, they said that anyone looking to buy a new product would have to spend $90 on a single adapter. If you have multiple displays, you will have to pay $90 for each adapter. If that doesn't sound attractive, you can rebuy your monitors, projectors, or other video output devices.
How would you feel if that happened? I guarantee you that OCN and tech sites and forums everywhere would be in an uproar and incensed. Why? Because you had bought into an ecosystem that you were told would be stable. Not only that, but the adapter to make the technology work is incredibly expensive on top of already expensive technology you're buying.
It has nothing to do with people resisting change and everything to do with them being charged for something that should be included and charging an exorbitant price at that. That's why phones include SD caddies and why video cards include DVI to VGA and Molex to 6 pin adapers.
Originally Posted by Monstrous
Although they are changing the adapter, no one gave a flying proverbial about it happening to any other phone. Everyone is just looking for a reason to dislike apple.
May I direct anyone complaining to this image-
Go Apple. This was an upgrade that was due for a long time, expecting a free adapter is nothing short of self-entitlement. It's literally people mindlessly hating Apple for innovating their product yet again.
And how many of those created an ecosystem around a specific connector? I'd be willing to bet none of them. The problem is the glut of accessories Apple marketed and licensed to work specifically with that connector. I agree that technology needs to move forward, but if you are going to radically change it, you have to keep your ecosystem in mind and keep affordable solutions to fix any problems that might arise.
A good example of this is Windows. What if MS all of a sudden said that with Windows 8, 16bit and 32 bit software would no longer be supported. Not only that, but if you want to run any kind of 16 bit or 32 bit software, you have to buy a $30 piece of software that will make it compatible. Not only that, but if you want to run multiple 16bit or 32bit pieces of software at the same time, you have to buy a license for each of the instances. There would be massive outrage.
Or imagine video card switching to Thunderbolt only video out and not including an adapter, instead charging you an additional $80 on top of the card you bought. Wouldn't you feel ripped off as a consumer?Edited by nubbinator - 9/14/12 at 5:37pm