I am not opening this as an Apple Bashing thread although it wouldn't surprise me if it went that way. With the announcement of their new phone, their have been many comments on the news about the new connector, an 8 pin connector instead of the traditional 30 pin. The media are treating this snafu with kid gloves, but the glaring points they make are still there.
1. With projected sales of 50 million units, and adapters from 8 to 30 pins listed by apple at about $30, they report an additional $1.5 billion USD stands to be made in the accessories.
2. With the adapters being about 1-1 1/2 inches tall, this will make many of the Apple compatible accessories obsolete as it will leave the phone unsupported by the dock, all the support being placed on the connector itself. I am sure 3rd party mfg's will come out with a supporting adapter if Apple doesn't beat them to it(different from the adapter Apple is already selling).
3. The best for last. One report mentioned this will not be a problem for the EU, as they passed a law requiring all phones to be micro USB compatible, and their Iphones already are micro USB. This slays me. They have had the ability to conform to the norm here in the US all along and consciously choose not to. I truly hope this comes back to bite them. Their was a leading PC manufacturer in the 80's (Packard Bell) who chose to ignore industry standards, built proprietary hardware ignoring standards, and was left in the dirt by clone units when people realized the clones we just as good at half the price. Will we see this again?
I know the RAZR forum may not be the appropriate venue for this post, but I honestly didn't see a good fit anywhere else. If a moderator feels it needs moved please feel free to move it and leave a link