Now, back to the topic in hand: lightning connectors......
I understand the green aspect but that should be a policy decision taken by the company not the state, if people don't support their green credentials they'll make the decision not to use that company.
The Kindle not coming with a charger IMO is a bad thing and will first and foremost be a way for Amazon to... wait for it... INCREASE THEIR PROFITS! How anybody can argue on the side of Amazon when it comes to CSR is beyond me, they've helped put thousands out of business.
You've got to remember also that Apple uses its Lightning technology to effectively market its products, to them and their customers the technology and branding is a USP.
Rather than everybody resting on their laurels knowing that they don't have to invest in new technologies to capture more of the market it promotes a healthy & competitive industry i.e. USB 2.0
It's anti-competition law. To stop MS abusing their position in the market. I sort of agree with you, but also see why they should do it. It's about protecting the consumer, not about hurting successful businesses.
I'm not in favour of Amazon being held back, because of them I, like many other retailers, have to invest heavily in order to offer a better service which only benefits the customers at the end of the day.
Yep, they should. I heard that there may be something along those lines to do with Safari.
The Lighting cable is so much more versatile than USB but with so many USB devises in use already it will never be a replacement just an alternative.
What Apple should have done though is supply the Lighting to 30 pin adaptor and the Micro USB adaptor in the box, and they should have been designed to fit on a keyring.
Thought I would add my few thoughts on the Audi Lightning Connection.
Yes it is available to order but as others have mentioned it is back order only. When I spoke to our supplier the ETA had a ridiculous year. Something like 2099 ETA which in their experience it won't be around for a while. 6-8months possibly. I have had a massive batch on back order since September if IIRC. If you ask a main dealer at the moment they will probably no nothing about it...
I order parts everyday of the week and always ask. Will give you all a heads-up once I know.
Anyone in the UK actually got one of these in their hand yet?
No but the dealer I got my car from thought it would be a couple of weeks till I got mine.
If you use a phone case with your iPhone 5, as I do, that cable looks like it won't fit. It's the same problem people have everywhere with the one piece apple 30pin to lightning adapter, there's not enough "shank" on the lightning end.
Looks like the best solution will continue to be using a red collar cable with the Apple 20cm 30pin to lightning adapter cable.
I'm quite disappointed about this, although the setup I described above works (it's what I use currently) it's hardly the most elegant solution...
Sorry guys to hijack this thread but I'm new to audi's but I've just ordered an s3 and in my currant ford I use my normal lightning connector with a nano and my iphone 5 via Bluetooth for calls etc,what's a red collar cable? Does this come with the car?
I should add that calls are still made with Bluetooth, this is really all about playing media.
My dealer is sending me the cable in 2 weeks. Will let you know the deal when it arrives.
The AMI exists only to provide a single interface for so many different types of connector anyway. I don't think you can blame Audi for its proprietary connection while talking about Apple...
This is getting boring!
Just to clarify, I've got an A3 sportback on order and have an iphone 5. What will I need to connect it to the car so it charges and plays my music and shows the graphics etc on the pop up screen ? What's this red collar thing all about ?
Audi AMI lightning connector. (Newly announced but not formally available yet).
Apple lightning to 30-pin adapter (not an eBay knock-off as they don't do video or audio) and an Audi AMI red collar cable. The collar itself is dark red and has a 30-pin Apple connector on one end and the Audi plug on the other.
If you don't need to charge the phone then can do the rest over Bluetooth.
Nope, but what do they give you over using an SD card? Most people seem to be doing that.
Thanks. Where was it announced and do we know when it's likely to be available ?
Ah, because of course SD cards can't store lossless formats ;)