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Old 30-09-2013, 15:07
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09...hone_chargers/

Although Apple, Nokia and RIM signed up to a voluntary agreement based on Micro-USB back in 2010, Cupertino never mentioned it to the design teams, preferring its own connectors...

... perhaps Cupertino's designers will take the hint and begin the thousands of hours' work trying to make sure that a generic interface can accurately reflect its brand values.
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Old 30-09-2013, 15:12
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09...hone_chargers/

Although Apple, Nokia and RIM signed up to a voluntary agreement based on Micro-USB back in 2010, Cupertino never mentioned it to the design teams, preferring its own connectors...

... perhaps Cupertino's designers will take the hint and begin the thousands of hours' work trying to make sure that a generic interface can accurately reflect its brand values.
Not sure why it would take 1000s of hours? I can already use my apple charge to charge my samsung phone, although I cannot use my samsung charger on my iPad.

I wonder who got the design right
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Old 30-09-2013, 15:14
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Not sure why it would take 1000s of hours? I can already use my apple charge to charge my samsung phone, although I cannot use my samsung charger on my iPad.

I wonder who got the design right
i think El Reg are taking the piss. probably a misquotation of something apple have said in the passed.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:06
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I was under the impression that aslong as the charger block has a USB port (like most now) it was deemed ok by the EU and you could use whichever cable connector you like.

i.e. you can plug in a usb -> micro usb cable into the apple charger and it is a microusb charger.

If not apple could just include a extra cable in the box to comply with the EU and still use their own cable.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:10
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I was under the impression that aslong as the charger block has a USB port (like most now) it was deemed ok by the EU and you could use whichever cable connector you like.

i.e. you can plug in a usb -> micro usb cable into the apple charger and it is a microusb charger.

If not apple could just include a extra cable in the box to comply with the EU and still use their own cable.
It will probably end up having to include there micro USB to lighting connector as standard instead of the 15 pounds it costs you now.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:11
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microusb is so dodgy though, I have seen so many broken connectors in devices. Mini was much better.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:12
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It will probably end up having to include there micro USB to lighting connector as standard instead of the 15 pounds it costs you now.
Either that, or just a USB micro usb cable, which the consumer will pay for. Another big idea by the EU
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:18
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I was under the impression that aslong as the charger block has a USB port (like most now) it was deemed ok by the EU and you could use whichever cable connector you like.

i.e. you can plug in a usb -> micro usb cable into the apple charger and it is a microusb charger.

If not apple could just include a extra cable in the box to comply with the EU and still use their own cable.
My reading is that the socket on the phone will have to be micro usb.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:19
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microusb is so dodgy though, I have seen so many broken connectors in devices. Mini was much better.
i agree mini felt a lot more solid.

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Old 30-09-2013, 16:23
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interesting that the Note 3 has a USB3 port on it, can you connect a standard mini USB to that?
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:24
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Either that, or just a USB micro usb cable, which the consumer will pay for. Another big idea by the EU
Out of curiosity I know O2 no longer sell chargers/cables with there devices does that include iPhones? If so that would suck for someone moving from android to iPhone.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:25
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Out of curiosity I know O2 no longer sell chargers/cables with there devices does that include iPhones? If so that would suck for someone moving from android to iPhone.
iphones include a cable and charger in the box.
O2 have nothing to do with that.
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Old 30-09-2013, 16:50
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interesting that the Note 3 has a USB3 port on it, can you connect a standard mini USB to that?
yeah. look at it. one half is just micro usb.
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Old 30-09-2013, 21:53
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Apple will sue the EU
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Old 30-09-2013, 22:14
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Apple will sue the EU
Yeah, ok, whatever
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Old 30-09-2013, 23:19
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I like the lightning connector, I had so many problems with micro USB chargers I replaced my charger 3 times on my last phone, a blackberry.
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Old 30-09-2013, 23:36
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What I find most interesting about this proposed legislation is that it would ban custom firmware on Android devices (or any other OS).

Radio equipment shall be so constructed that it complies with the following essential requirements:

(a) radio equipment interworks with accessories, and/or it interworks via networks with other radio equipment, and/or it can be connected to interfaces of the appropriate type throughout the Union;
(b) radio equipment does not harm the network or its functioning nor misuse network resources, thereby causing an unacceptable degradation of service;
(c) radio equipment incorporates safeguards to ensure that the personal data and privacy of the user and of the subscriber are protected;
(d) radio equipment supports certain features ensuring avoidance of fraud;
(e) radio equipment supports certain features ensuring access to emergency services;
(f) radio equipment supports certain features in order to facilitate its use by users with a disability;
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(g) radio equipment supports certain features in order to ensure that software can only be loaded into the radio equipment where the compliance of the combination of software and the radio equipment has been demonstrated.
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/regist...12)0584_EN.pdf

So, manufacturers will have to lock their devices down to only allow certified official firmware.
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Old 30-09-2013, 23:49
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Not sure why it would take 1000s of hours? I can already use my apple charge to charge my samsung phone, although I cannot use my samsung charger on my iPad.

I wonder who got the design right
It's got nothing to do with who got it right. All samsung chargers will charge an ipad or any other device now.

It only doesn't work because you have an older charger design which has the cable attached to the charger. I've not seen one like that in a long time.
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Old 30-09-2013, 23:50
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What I find most interesting about this proposed legislation is that it would ban custom firmware on Android devices (or any other OS).



http://www.europarl.europa.eu/regist...12)0584_EN.pdf

So, manufacturers will have to lock their devices down to only allow certified official firmware.
Ouch!!

Can't see that lasting long!! Will be got around in no time i would imagine!
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Old 01-10-2013, 00:03
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What I find most interesting about this proposed legislation is that it would ban custom firmware on Android devices (or any other OS).



http://www.europarl.europa.eu/regist...12)0584_EN.pdf

So, manufacturers will have to lock their devices down to only allow certified official firmware.
Doesn't say anything of the sort just your interpretation of it
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Old 01-10-2013, 00:12
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Doesn't say anything of the sort just your interpretation of it
So what is your interpretation then? Those words seem quite clear to me.

If I've misunderstood them then I would welcome your insights.
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Old 01-10-2013, 00:17
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Never mind.
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Old 01-10-2013, 00:35
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So what is your interpretation then? Those words seem quite clear to me.

If I've misunderstood them then I would welcome your insights.
I would have to read the whole document or at least the relevant parts but that sub section make no reference to requiring the locking down of any phone. It merely states that the phone should only accept software that has demonstrated its compliance. I pretty much think that is all phones right now.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:15
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I find micro USB annoying. I will often plug it in to charge my phone, not realising that it hasn't connected properly and finding a dead phone the next morning. I suppose that's what I get for trying to charge a GS3 with a Kindle charger but hey, micro USB is universal right?

I never have problems with the non-standard Apple chargers, both the old dock connectors and lightning.

The lightning connector just seems a lot more robust, dare I say better, than the micro USB everyone else seems to love.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:20
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