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Apple finally making a move onto headphones. Can't argue there, huge profits will be made from $0.21 sold with 5000% markup because you will have to buy those from them.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andrews2547 View Post

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-Apple-Certified-Lightning-Cable/dp/B00NH13W2W/ref=pd_sim_23_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1BQT1TQBRW1Y2RXEJVY8&dpID=31rRuBDvZzL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-Cable--Male-Micro-Feet/dp/B00NH13LSM/ref=sr_1_9?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1443352730&sr=1-9&keywords=micro+usb+cable

I made a mistake there, it's £3.99 for a decent micro USB cable, not £4.99. If you buy an official Samsung/Motorola/HTC/Nokia/whatever micro USB cable, you're looking at £10-£15. Slightly cheaper than an official Apple Lightning cable.

Again, nice try. The masses aren't going to buy that Amazon Basics cable over the Apple branded one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA07R2MG9024&cm_re=microusb_cable_aluminum-_-9SIA07R2MG9024-_-Product

$5.
post #73 of 84
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Originally Posted by Kand View Post

Again, nice try. The masses aren't going to buy that Amazon Basics cable over the Apple branded one.

Much like the masses aren't going to buy a generic micro USB cable for $2-$5. They would much rather get the official USB cable from the manufacturer of their device that sells for £10-£15. I know the official Samsung micro USB cable is £12.99 (and I had a look, the official lightning cable from Apple is £15) because I had to buy one a few months ago.
   
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post #74 of 84
I thought we were supposed to be moving to connectors that could be plugged in either way, but no. They had to make all the connectors the exact opposite of what they used to be. USB has a reversible connector. The Lightning connector is reversible. The Magsafe cable is reversible. The 3.5mm audio jack was already reversible, but it seems that they just want to make every connector the opposite of what it was until now, so they are making a new audio jack that's not reversible. Also, do the phones really need to get thinner? Smartphones were never so thick that they wouldn't fit in your pocket properly, so why do they need to be thinner. Couldn't they just make a thick phone with a huge battery?
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Originally Posted by .:hybrid:. View Post

Why doesn't someone just invent headphones that work of the USB-C port. No need for dedicated headphone port imo

edit: I hereby claim a patent on this idea, licensing costs start from 50 cents thumb.gif

There are some of those, though none updated for USB-C yet. You cannot just run audio out a USB port, you need a DAC embedded into the headphones because the USB would send out digital audio and the headphones would decode it, amp it, and then send the audio into the drivers. They exist, but are normally trash quality and it raises the cost. The reason the quality is terrible is because you dont have the room to make a proper DAC circuit with all the resistors, capacitors, jitter elimination circuit, buffer, filter, and then all the same required things on the amp portion.
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post #76 of 84
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Originally Posted by Diablosbud View Post

I'm not talking about any particular case of patenting, I haven't even read this thread. I was just pointing out that it isn't some evil system designed for corporations to control people, it's there for a reason. If a country can't manage patents properly that's their problem, not a problem with the concept of a patent.

That it is. But distinction needs to be made between who's problem it is, and who's fault it is.

The problem with the concept of this patent, as has been noted, is that there is no real innovative functionality or advantage. The only thing it accomplishes, is to give legal power to what is quite obviously a proprietary separation from standard that serves to stress collaborative companies into conforming with the market force that Apple has developed (much of which is derived from this action left ongoing for some time now).

It's called vertical integration, and it is in fact quite a common and historic stumbling block to the free market. So, yes there is nothing wrong with the concept of a patent. In this case there is only something wrong with the concept of this patent.
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post #77 of 84
Don't worry, you'll be able to get a nice white adapter from Apple for $39.99 thumb.gif.





(...or the same thing from Amazon for $1.99)
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proprietary headphone jack?

oh here we go!!!!
post #79 of 84
Like on of the first posts said, I'm more worried about Android manufacturers blindly following this. I doubt it would happen as the 3.5mm jack isn't just used on phones, but in car stereos, computers, laptops, etc. If this actually happens, I don't see myself buying another Macbook, iPhone or iPad again lol.
 
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post #80 of 84
proprietary headphone jack?

oh here we go!!!!
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