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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. davetsbass's Avatar
      davetsbass -
      Quote Originally Posted by k0mpresd View Post
      and lol at using a resistor to drop 120v to 5v. that resistor wouldnt stand a chance.
      seriously?

      have you ever even touched a proto board?
    1. k0mpresd's Avatar
      k0mpresd -
      what type of resistor can be used to drop 120v to 5v? that is a serious question. my experience with resistors is dropping voltage on led set ups and the like. small voltage amounts. i have always seen some sort of regulator used when large voltage drops are needed.
    1. xrisis's Avatar
      xrisis -
      Quote Originally Posted by buddyyou69 View Post
      I can care less what connector it will have as long it connects...
      +1
    1. RaginAsian55's Avatar
      RaginAsian55 -
      I think this'll be great if it hits into the US. Having so many different types of chargers for different types of phones (even sometimes it's the same phone brand but they have different chargers!!)- it's inane! maybe it's because I'm Asian, but I love when everything unifies..
    1. phifer8390's Avatar
      phifer8390 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RaginAsian55 View Post
      I think this'll be great if it hits into the US. Having so many different types of chargers for different types of phones (even sometimes it's the same phone brand but they have different chargers!!)- it's inane! maybe it's because I'm Asian, but I love when everything unifies..
      I am not Asian and I would like everything uniform... But I am in the military so that may play a big part. I would just settle for everything being able to charge wireless like the palm pre with its touchstone except really some kind of organizer that i can put any device in for charging purposes.
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      Doubtful, but an interesting idea.

      Apple doesn't play well with others
    1. djjessejames's Avatar
      djjessejames -
      Is this such a big deal?

      I mean the idea is nice but all I care about halfway through day or come bed time is plug, sync, charge.

      All these posts over the sync cable? C'mon...

      Waste yer time over somin else, for this string of theads posts I suggest another time waster into the unknown... lets say...mmm, the camera shutter 'I MAY? have heard to cover the lens'?

      Lets see what the masses think! LOL
    1. BSmith's Avatar
      BSmith -
      Is this going to be like the Nextels and the Razors? Where the same charger will not charge both phones? Maybe it wasn't Nextel but I do remember plugging my Razor charger in to something else and it wouldn't work.
    1. viettho's Avatar
      viettho -
      does this cable sync twice as fast?
    1. alek's Avatar
      alek -
      Quote Originally Posted by GregTheWang View Post
      Sometimes I read these Apple news and ask quietly... who the hell cares?

      HMM, whats the subject of the site??? Whats the news section gonna be about.. The Zune?
    1. geraldhansen's Avatar
      geraldhansen -
      theres is absolutely no way they would do anything other than an adapter... imagine all the third party companies whoes gadget wouldnt work if they changed this port... I have a few lying around my house now that would be obsolete
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      Finally the micro USB is coming. I have heard it from a long days that it will be available in Europe. Why is there a delay?