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  • iPhone to get Micro-USB for Europe?!


    Since Apple released it's first iPod, they've been using a 30 Pin Dock Connector to manage charging and syncing options on devices such as iPods and even iPhones. Due to a recent agreement made, they might soon have a Micro-USB Port on the iPhone in place of or in addition to the traditional dock connector!

    According to a latest report, Apple along with 10 other mobile phone companies agreed to make smartphone devices supporting Micro-USB for the European market. The main cause for this agreement was the need to reduce multiple number of cables being used by European customers for their electronic devices, mainly smartphones

    The companies involved in the agreement account for around 90% market share in the smartphone market. These include Motorola, LG, NEC, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung and Texas Instruments along with Apple to name a few.

    The new devices will be sold with a standardized charger beginning from year 2010 as per the report.

    [Reuters]

    P.S. Apple might still not add a Micro-USB as there is no "legal binding" and it is just for the ones volunteering.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone to get Micro-USB for Europe?! started by sayam View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      It's been on the news over here most of the day. Will be interesting to see whether the iPod range will follow suit or if they'll just stick to the iPhone. And I don't believe it is "optional" anymore - I believe it was something they all agreed they would do but now it's been rubber-stamped by the EU.
    1. prism2unit's Avatar
      prism2unit -
      Well Apple just might do it... this looks like a Go Green kinda thing... universal chargers mean people don't throw old ones away... reuse etc... Apple always seem to wanna be Green.. so there's a good chance imo.
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      Sometimes I read these Apple news and ask quietly... who the hell cares?
    1. kingboarder's Avatar
      kingboarder -
      I think the only thing apple is going to do is to include a dock-connector to mini usb adapter in europe...
      there is no way they are giving up the 30-pin dock connector!!!
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kingboarder View Post
      I think the only thing apple is going to do is to include a dock-connector to mini usb adapter in europe...
      there is no way they are giving up the 30-pin dock connector!!!
      I agree. It would be alot easier for apple to just change the connector on the dock to a mini USB. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Apple will simply ship iPods & iPhones with a 30-pin to MicroUSB adapter thats all. They are not gonna change their products to MicroUSB so keep your panties on!
    1. Lurxs's Avatar
      Lurxs -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Apple will simply ship iPods & iPhones with a 30-pin to MicroUSB adapter thats all. They are not gonna change their products to MicroUSB so keep your panties on!
      Shame your mom can't keep her panties on
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lurxs View Post
      Shame your mom can't keep her panties on
      your first warning.
    1. absolutchrys's Avatar
      absolutchrys -
      Actually the first iPod synced through Firewire, the 2nd generation iPod introduced the 30-pin connector, but w/e.
    1. shiPhone25's Avatar
      shiPhone25 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Apple will simply ship iPods & iPhones with a 30-pin to MicroUSB adapter thats all. They are not gonna change their products to MicroUSB so keep your panties on!
      Apple won't ship it with it, it'll be a $30 adapter, like everything else.
    1. buddyyou69's Avatar
      buddyyou69 -
      I can care less what connector it will have as long it connects...
    1. FliP76's Avatar
      FliP76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by buddyyou69 View Post
      I can care less what connector it will have as long it connects...
      thats what she said
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lurxs View Post
      Shame your mom can't keep her panties on
      I LOL'd

      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      your first warning.
      Ah a bit harsh I say

      Quote Originally Posted by shiPhone25 View Post
      Apple won't ship it with it, it'll be a $30 adapter, like everything else.
      Probably. If they actually did switch to miniUSB on iPhones they could fit bigger speakers which would be nice.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I wonder if it would work as part of the agreement to just ship an adapter... I wouldn't think that to be beyond these comapnies.
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      A standard port on an Apple product?

      Who do you think you are?!

      *rolls eyes*
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      Quote Originally Posted by GregTheWang View Post
      Sometimes I read these Apple news and ask quietly... who the hell cares?
      +1
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      I dont think they will change, their excuse will be "well we dont want a universal charger being hooked up to our products" This is always a problem with cell phones. I burned out many a phones, luckily under warranty, with cheap chargers. If its Motorola I get a Motorola Charger If its Apple I get an Apple charger or one they sell at the apple/att store.
    1. Chubbawokee's Avatar
      Chubbawokee -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      A standard port on an Apple product?

      Who do you think you are?!

      *rolls eyes*
      HAHAHA! I like that...
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      Yeah I dont see it happening
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      If they actually do it, which they won't, I'll only have 3 words. (For them and every other company who syncs a device using a connector OTHER than mini-usb.)

      ABOUT F***ING TIME.

      If we keep injecting common sense into the electronics market, hell we might just make some progress!