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Lightening Cable is Dead

by in Telecom

The Lightning cable by Apple was and continues to be a dud as far as I am concerned.

I have never used it for any purpose that a straight-out USB cabe wouldn’t have worked for. That is: power and USB data.

The Lightning cable is finicky. It’s expensive. And, the clones often just don’t work.

Apple cannot put an argument together that proves the Lightning cable was a customer-friendly thing to do.

It’s time for Apple to move their IOS iPhone and iPad line over to USB-C.

The USB-C does more than the lightning ever could. It supports higher speeds. It supports higher power. It supports video, HDMI, Display Port, and pretty much every other wireline standard (even ethernet.)

The USB-C is reversible, so you can plug it in any way, just like the Lightning.

So, the only reason for Apple to stay with Lightning cable is if they hate their customers and want to milk them.

Now, I know Apple is a big, slow bureaucracy. So I don’t expect them to bring this year’s iPhones into USB-C compatibility. But I sure hope that the iPhone 7 is a USB-C device.

Finally, a single, easy cable to use for everything. It will be much appreciated.

The King is dead. Long live the King. Lightning is dead. Long live USB-C.


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  • I have a rental ski property and the management company required that I replace the dumb alarm clock with a dumber one with a Lightening Connector. Evidently it is now linked to the hotel star program. It would be so much more efficient to just burn the money.

    • mjgraves

      Why do YOU bother leaving comments for Colin? You know he never responds.

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Colin Berkshire is a highly technical HR executive in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Colin has an engineering and voice background, and is currently on assignment in Asia. NOTE: Colin does not respond to comments, and does not Tweet.