Farhad Manjoo tears into Apple for introducing a new iPhone that’s not altogether different from previous models, except in one major way: it has a new dock connector that renders all your charging cords and other iPhone devices (e.g., that jambox thing sitting on my kitchen counter) useless:
By picking a proprietary dock, Apple will remain in charge of the bustling accessory market. Not only will it get to keep charging accessory makers a licensing fee to connect with its devices, but it will also be able to reject any accessories that it doesn’t like. And one day in the future, it will be able to decide, once again, to throw the whole industry under the bus by changing the dock again.
This incredibly annoying new dock connector isn’t going to hurt sales of the iPhone 5. But it’s still bogus, and it’s revelatory of Apple’s belief that the people who buy its gadgets are cash registers. So no, this isn’t the best iPhone ever. If it was, it wouldn’t have screwed over Apple’s most loyal customers.
I, a very loyal Apple customer who has spent many thousands of dollars with the company, wish to associate myself with Farhad Manjoo’s remarks.