Thursday, June 14, 2012
iPhone 5 release date: Apple’s new MagSafe hints new dock connector too?
Apple’s new laptop computers feature a new MagSafe power connector. Is it possible that the iPhone 5 will get the same changes, and its own “converter” that will give Apple a new accessory revenue stream? The WWDC event of Apple this week revealed that all new Mac laptops are equipped with the new MagSafe 2 power connector, the magnetically attaching connectors that will protect the laptops from events like someone trips over the cord, or your dog pulls the cord, etc. But aside from changing the size of the MagSafe 2, which is now slimmer compared to the older version, Apple is also offering two MagSafe adapters, one with 45W and the other one supports 85W. The MacBook Air lineup uses the 45W MagSafe 2, while the MacBook Pros use the 85W. Apparently, the MacBook Air can also use the 85W MagSafe 2, but it can’t charge the laptop faster, while using the 45W MagSafe will charge the MacBook Pro slower. Fragmentation? Not really, but I consider this as a hint that Apple is open to changes, and the massive “resizing” will happen this year, including the iPhone 5 and its dock connector. If you’ve been following iPhone 5 rumors, then you’ll know that there’s a possibility that the next iPhone, or the iPhone 5, is set to introduce a new dock connector. Based on the leak posted in YouTube, the iPhone 5, reportedly getting an October release date, is introducing a new smaller dock connector. If accurate, then your old adapters from your old iPhone or iPad will not work, in case Apple will not introduce the iPhone’s own “converter.” For the benefit of some readers, Apple is currently selling a converter for the MagSafe 2 and MagSafe 1, it costs $10 each. According to Apple, the expensive converter “allows you to use the MagSafe connector on your LED Cinema Display, Thunderbolt Display, or MagSafe Power Adapter to charge your MagSafe 2-equipped Mac computer.” In short, many will buy the converter, including me, and it will give the company a new form of business. So, is Apple trying to hit two birds using a single stone? Maybe. According to experts, Apple is changing the dock connector to make the iPhone 5 slimmer and to minimize adding “width.” If the smaller dock connector rumor is true, then it will not only make the next iPhone a bit slimmer, but it will also give Apple a new source of revenue. Last month, Apple announced that it had sold 35.1 million iPhones during the first quarter of this year, the figure is 88 per cent higher from the same period a year ago. Let’s use the numbers of Q1 iPhone sales to see the impact of the new dock connector. If 50 per cent of the first quarter iPhone buyers will purchase the new iPhone with the dock connector, and 100 per cent of them will purchase the new converter (because they still want to use their old dock connectors), then it will give the company a shy $175 million in revenue. A large sum just by changing the dock connector. The numbers are hypothetical, but try to implement the same numbers to iPhone buyers last year to see the bigger picture. I am not an analyst, by the way. No word yet on the rumored new dock connector, but experts believe that it will ergonomically work, plus the fact that it will give the iPhone 5 a new experience. Also, Apple fans are asking for massive changes already, and it looks like Apple is granting their wishes this year, starting from theprofitable dock connector. sex toys,sex gadgets,adult toys