Originally Posted by masomenos
The shift to the Lightning connector was necessitated by the significantly thinner phone design. So why not use an existing thin connector like micro-USB? It wouldn't play nice with the iPad. Micro-USB can only transmit 9 Watts, Apple's old (circa iPad 3) charger operated at 10 Watts. The new chargers operate at 12 Watts.
It wasn't a money grab, the decision was made in order to pursue a design goal and to allow for improvements in recharge times.
Just an FYI. USB 3.0 supports 100 watts. Not only can it power any tablet, it can power some full blown laptops. USB 3.0 also supports 4.8Gbps transfer speeds. It kicks the Lightning connector's *** three ways from Saturday.
The Lightning connector is based off USB 2.0 specs. A better choice would have been USB 3.0 or even Thunderbolt, but Apple didn't choose to go that direction. It's funny. The new Macs have USB 3.0, but then their PCs needed USB to support off the shelf products. Their tablets didn't.
Apple had a choice. Go standard, or non-standard. Point blank, the Lightning connector was 100% a money grab.
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