AMITIAE - Friday 9 January 2015
Cassandra: New Lightning Port Audio Devices at CES - Pathfinders for iPhone
By Graham K. Rogers
One learns not to bet on Apple, although there are some interesting clues dropped on occasion that might lead to product evolution in a specific way.
Recent speculation on a MacBook Pro generated much traffic. The article I first saw was by Mark Gurman on 9to5 Mac. The artist's mockup - supposedly using ideas leaked from Apple at the time of CES - has potential, particularly in the way that ports could be reduced: the idea being there would be a sole Thunderbolt connection. If this were not used for charging, a MagSafe connector (current or redesigned) might be used too. With Apple design esthetics, I would expect a power connector on the left and a Thunderbolt port to the right (or vice versa).
With other manufacturers now in the market with products that connect via the port, Apple outmaneuvers the critics that would crawl out of the woodwork if that were to have happened.
For those older devices that still require the audio port; as has happened in previous cases when there have been such changes, an adapter could be developed.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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