Complaint #1: You’re making me ditch all my old cables, docks etc
Fair enough, we’re going to be forklifting a bunch of stuff… but lets keep some perspective… In that time the average mobile device from just about every other provider has switched at least once…from custom, to USB to Mini USB, to Micro USB etc…
So, in perspective while there is a change, and you’ll need to throw away all your old cables, or buy adapters… but based on their track record, those new cables should last you a long time.
Complaint #2: The new connector has 8 pins, while USB 3.0 has 9 – It can’t support USB 3.0 speeds!
The standard USB 3.0 spec includes 9 pins, but fear not – there is a duplicate ground on 4 and 7… so with the 8 pins of the Apple Lightning connector you absolutely could support USB 3.0 speeds:
|5||USB3_RX||USB 3.0 Data Receive (differential)|
|6||USB3_RX||USB 3.0 Data Receive (differential)|
|8||USB3_TX||USB 3.0 Data Transmit (differential)|
|9||USB3_TX||USB 3.0 Data Transmit (differential)|
The real issue is whats inside the mobile devices.. and this current generation has USB 2.0 guts…