You can’t go to a single tech site without reading the same crap about Apple, the iPhone 5, iOS 6, Maps app, and the Lightning connector. I’ve actually been avoiding even launching my web browser for the last week as much as possible because I’ve grown so tired of it. So what happened this morning? I see an article from BGR.com titled “Apple working on wireless solution to the annoying 30-pin adapter problem.”
I should have just moved on right there, but instead I thought I would subject myself to a little self-inflicted misery by clicking the link. The first sentence in the article was enough to push me over the frigging edge. Are you ready? This is mind-blowing stuff.
“A quick survey of BGR readers last month showed that many people aren’t very happy about having to pay Apple $29 for an adapter that will allow their iPhone 5 to work with accessories featuring the older 30-pin dock port.”
F#$k me… did BGR really need a survey of readers to find out that people don’t like to spend money?
We’ve been hearing about the iPhone 5 sporting a new connector for several months, yet tech blogs are soiling themselves over the fact that it was actually true. They’ll have you believe that people who spend a minimum of $300 on an iPhone and around $1,200 a year for the service are going to fail to put food on the table because the $25 speaker dock they bought from RadioShack 3 years ago will now require a $30 adapter to continue to work with the new iPhone.
Fresh on the heels of the iPhone 4′s Antennagate, and iOS 6 Mapgate, it’s Connectorgate!
This is technology we’re talking about. Things change. Rapidly. We’ve had the same connector on the iPhone for five years; that’s ancient in the technology world. Frankly, I’m glad to see Apple change the connector, if for no other reason than it will force accessory makers to at least re-think their designs — since most of them are truly ugly and cheaply built garbage.
But it comes down to that $30 adapter, doesn’t it? These whiney little spoiled jerks just can’t accept that they aren’t owed something for free, can they? When I got started with computers, one single megabyte of RAM cost around $1,000. Had I know that all I had to do was whine about it a little, I could have saved myself thousands over the years!
These teary-eyed turds are buying and using a phone that can nearly replace a $1,000-plus laptop, and they’re complaining about a $30 adapter that will allow them to use some crappy $25 speaker dock. Think about that, maybe they will while whining about the $4 app that 10 years ago would have cost them $50.
I took an informal survey of people who have a little perspective and a firm grasp of reality. The results clearly show that many people simply aren’t happy about anything, and most of them want to make sure the world knows about it.
In the end, we’re buying a phone/internet communication device. We’re not buying a map app that comes with a free smartphone. We’re not buying a connector that comes with a free smartphone. A little perspective here can go a long way.