Apple to be the only supplier of new iPhone dock adapters
In another example of how Apple uses its market position to enrich itself and stymie competition that could lower prices, iLounge is reporting from multiple sources that at launch Apple will be the only source of the cords that will be must-have accessories for those who have invested hundreds of dollars in accessories for previous iPhones. The cords will reportedly sell for around $10 each, or three for $29. Apple has explicitly turned down requests by vendors to develop competing cords.
Why would Apple do this? On the one hand it could be that they were simply trying to keep the switch a secret by limiting the number of OEMs that knew about the upcoming change, but if so they failed miserably at keeping the secret. We suspect the decision was driven more by the estimated $100 million dollars in revenue Apple will make from the cords in 2012 alone than any expectations of improved privacy.
According to the same partner sources ,Apple has given no indication of when (if ever) they will be allowed to make cords of their own. While making such cords without Apple’s help would not be much of a technical challenge, vendors fear that Apple intends to corner the market on accessory adapters in much the same way they did with MagSafe power cords for their laptops – in that case Apple used their licensing agreements and (you guessed it) the threat of lawsuits to prevent third party OEMS from making competing products that would have undercut their own cords.
We imagine that long-time users of Apple’s products won’t be too surprised by this sort of behavior, but at least some customers may be turned off. If Apple does pursue this route, is it the sort of thing that would bother you or does it not really register on your radar when phone shopping? Sound off in the comments section below!
23. binerry (Posts: 69; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Sometimes I feel like PhoneArena should be renamed to AndroidArena for all the Android Fanboys.
34. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)
rather nokia arena+lg sponsoring from time to time
65. lyndon420 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Yeah...because this article mentions Android again right?
71. blahb (Posts: 47; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Funny just yesterday I saw a comment referring to PhoneArena's iPhone fanboyism as iPhoneArena...
81. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Difference is...there is a demonstrable bias on PA toward apple products. See any other 3g phones on their list of top phones?
As this article does not mention android AT ALL, it is only your blind devotion that makes you see legitimate issues with their corporate greed as involving android in any way whatsoever.
Enjoy your new cord! After dropping $10 bucks for one at least you will have one free hand to play with it.
95. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 753; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
They're reporting the news. Its not Phonearena's fault that Apple is doing these douche moves that's eventually going to make them the next Blackberry. Outdated tech with crap policies and innovations from 3 years ago leads to failed companies. This next iPhone launch could be a huge turning point for the company. It could actually give validity to the company again given the subpar products they've been releasing or have people wishing Steve Jobs were still around to at least trick them into thinking its better than it is.
32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Apple customers should know that by purchasing highly overpriced products you are just increasing depreciation of currency and it affects whole financial and economic situation, it is one of the reasons why begins various financial and economic crisis.
So, "THANK YOU" Apple customers for your contribution to the current financial and economic situation in whole Europe and US. ;)
44. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
No, I'm not, but you don't have to be economist to know that. It is basics and you can learn about that in almost any institution of higher education even if your specialty is not related with economics, it is basics. ;)
69. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
No worse, he's an Android fanboy. He openly admitted he just hates Apple, so when he comments, just keep in mind where he's coming from.
And what he said about the economy doesn't really make sense. First, in most countries, the iPhone isn't expensive ($199 in the US). If you want to talk about high prices, bring up the Droid Bionic and Razr Maxx when it first launched at $299. Whether a product is "overpriced" is ultimatley up to each individual consumer, so you don't get to decide. And even if iPhone was expensive, buying expensive products doesn't ruin the economy. What messes it up is when manufacturers lower the retail prices to much lower than its actually worth, so the businesses actual lose money with every sale.
77. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"No worse, he's an Android fanboy."
Just because I publish that I hate Apple, that doesn't mean that I'm fan of Android or any other OS.
I'm fan of technologies and when I'm choosing device, I pay attention to specifications and other technical things, quality and so on. So it is doesn't matter if it is Android, WP or any other brand.
"He openly admitted he just hates Apple..."
No, I didn't admited that I JUST hate Apple so, please don't lie! I told that I have my own opinion about Apple as a company so, it is not JUST a hate for no reasons, it is my opinion and my principles.
I don't like Apple as a company because of Apples politics and morality. How they achieve their objectives and goals.
"And what he said about the economy doesn't really make sense."
Actually it makes, maybe only for you it doesn't make any sense or maybe you just ignoring that. If you know at least basics of economy, then you should know that when people are purchasing UNREASONABLE - BASELESS overpriced products, they are increasing depreciation of currency.
"First, in most countries, the iPhone isn't expensive..."
Actually your statement is totally wrong because it is vice versa, in most countries (except US) iPhone is more expensive than any other phone, it is highly overpriced. So before making statement, check your facts!
For example in my country (all devices without any contract):
iPhone 4S (16GB) todays cost is: ~ 840 USD
Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) todays cost is: ~ 711 USD
HTC One X todays cost is: ~ 696 USD
Analogous situation is also in other countries such like a: Germany; Russia; Ukraine; Poland; Holland and so on...
Also I have heard that in Asia iPhone is also highly overpriced.
88. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Regardless of why you hate Apple, its crazy to suggest that the economy of Europe and US would be better without Apple.
"in most countries (except US) iPhone is more expensive than any other phone"
- Dude! You just said that the iPhone contributed to the economic instability in U.S. and now you're contradicting yourself, lol. I think your hate for Apple (for whatever reason it may be) is affecting your ability to think clearly and rationally
And most people don't buy iPhone's at retail price. And when comparing the iPhone to devices like the SGIII, you can easily feel the difference. The GSIII is a powerful device, but its still pretty light and cheap feeling. Again, its up to the consumer on what they think is worth the price tag.
89. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"... its crazy to suggest that the economy of Europe and US would be better without Apple."
I didn't say that economy would be better without Apple. I said that "when people are purchasing UNREASONABLE - BASELESS overpriced products, they are increasing depreciation of currency" and this rule applicable for Apple's iPone because it is overpriced product. Not Apple, but Apple's customers are making disservice for economy.
"You just said that the iPhone contributed to the economic instability in U.S. and now you're contradicting yourself, lol."
No, I'm not. Because depreciation of currency can be and is not only local but also global "phenomenon". I have mentioned Europe and U.S. because economic crisis most affected them, Asia was affected less. And anyway economic instability in Europe is also not good for U.S. because economy is closely linked.
"I think your hate for Apple (for whatever reason it may be) is affecting your ability to think clearly and rationally"
"And most people don't buy iPhone's at retail price."
So you want to say that in most cases single person for his or her personal needs buys a dozen iPhones at wholesale price? You are kidding right? Only resellers buys iPhones at wholesale price, individuals buys at retail price!
"Again, its up to the consumer on what they think is worth the price tag."
I was talking not about "philosophical" price but about material price, for example: Parts + Manufacturing + Profit = iPhone's price (It is highly overpriced).
Did you know that relatively iPhone's parts and manufacturing doesn't cost more than lets say Samsung's Galaxy S III or HTC's One X, but iPhone is still MORE expensive. Why? Because it is OVERPRICED (Greedy Profit)!
93. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
"I didn't say that economy would be better without Apple"
-I didn't say you said it, but that is exactly what you're SUGGESTING. You said "So, "THANK YOU" Apple customers for your contribution to the current financial and economic situation in whole Europe and US." You're basically saying "Stop buying Apple products" Am I misreading something?
"Not Apple, but Apple's customers are making disservice for economy."
- so this is the new argument for android fans to rally against Apple. "If you buy an iPhone, you're destroying the economy"....very creative, I like it.
"depreciation of currency can be and is not only local but also global "phenomenon"."
- global phenomenon....you have to be kidding me. So Apple is contributing in messing up the European market, which then messes up the US market, which then influences the Asian market, etc etc. Wow, I didn't know Apple was so damn influential!!! If there is any affect it all, its extremely minor. There are things like the stock market and prices of houses, cars, food, taxes that play such a HUGE part in our economy. And here we are talking about Apple.....stupid
It's weird, a lot of people say that Apple is actually helping the economy. Maybe they're all just crazy
40. Doakie (Posts: 731; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Nope. Cough...cough...antitrust... Sorry I got the anticompetitive flu again.
42. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Prepare to be gouged!!! It costs about .22 to make in China...
2. redmd (Posts: 769; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
haha Apple is on a roll. just keepin' the greed.
66. lyndon420 (Posts: 1469; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Sorry...thumbed you down by mistake - big clumsy fingers lol.
70. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
We don't know if this is just initial to keep the iPhone secret. I mean if companies are blabbing to the web that Apple denied them, they could've confirmed a 9pin connector if Apple had not rejected..
4. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Aah apple ... Always going after money ... Apple deserve to go bankrupt
24. binerry (Posts: 69; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I'd gladly pay a little extra knowing I will get a quality product. Everyone's experiences are different, but I don't seem to have the Apple product problems that other people do. What business doesn't focus on money?
58. joey_sfb (Posts: 1866; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
You sure only apple can make quality accessories, does brands likes Belkin, Logitech ring a bell.
Besides, cables are just cables and no one has attempted to cornered the market. I would like to see apple try and the types of lawsuits its will bring forth.
You can called us fandroid but the truth is that we are consumer just like you.
6. Trollonka_KeKe_Jackson (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Don't forget About the Chinese.
8. andro. (Posts: 1926; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Perhaps the money gouged from this new cable sales will go towards paying off goophone?!
7. andro. (Posts: 1926; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Well well well,apple making the $$$$$$ again. Change the charger,to hell with current and previous idocks etc,to hell with legal micro usb charger (in Europe anyhow),apple introduces its own charger and you can only buy an official apple version of it. Its so ridiculous its funny!
9. kshell1 (Posts: 1119; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Not suprising knowing how apple probably has to earn more money for all the money they've spent against samsung on lawyers and legal fees
10. JessJess (unregistered)
To be quite honest, whenever I buy anything electronic of any value, I always look for the cables created by the manufacturer (rather than third parties) first. Especially if its a newly released product. I wouldn't just grab some random brand cables.
But that's just me, and im very OCD about that sort of thing.
"The cords will reportedly sell for around $10 each, or three for $29."
So its not really a deal breaker anyway.
21. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)
Apple is happy that there are a lot of people like you always ready to pay more for less
25. JessJess (unregistered)
It's a cable.
30. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Jess considering the battery on the iPhone is not removable it's safe to say a lot of people probably have more than one cable...
If you consider that realistically there is probably at LEAST 2 chargers (car and home) then the iPhone just became $20 more expensive just because they changed the adapter.
It's "just a cable" until they apply that business model to their entire company... which they already did.
Apple doesn't have the biggest profit margins by giving you a good deal ;)
72. JC557 (Posts: 677; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Exactly, it's just a cable. Why should Apple be the sole provider? Griffin and Incase make good cables as well as other accesories.
On the Android/ BB and WP7/8 front we can use any microUSB cable as we please without issue if there's any at all.
26. binerry (Posts: 69; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Android Fanboys will Thumbs-down you. I agree with you, I'd rather have something directly from the creator than a third-party.
28. JessJess (unregistered)
Thanks, and yes I expected thumbs downs.
It would be the same if I bought a Galaxy S3. I would buy the official Samsung accessories, I wouldn't drop money on an expensive device then buy knock off cables. It just makes no sense (to me).
45. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
The thing is, the S3 uses a standard micro USB, so we wouldn't have this problem, but apple is apparently breaking the law (in Europe at least) by using this dumb connector.
Also, you wouldn't buy 3rd party accessories? Yeah... Tell me that when your Iphone shatters because you were using apple 's bumper case, not an otterbox.
46. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 640; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
LOL, good one, I dont have Apple Cover for my iPhone.
53. JessJess (unregistered)
Really? I actually used a bumper case on my 4S last year.
I dropped it outside kings cross station (probably the worst place I could imagine as someone nearly stood on it after!). Not a scratch. Well the bumper case had a big one, but my phone was (to my amazement and relief) totally unharmed.
Nice try though.
59. mas11 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Were you on your way to Platform 9 3/4? Because I can tell you live in a fantasy world.
63. JessJess (unregistered)
That was actually amusing. Shame you didn't contribute anything worthwhile.
61. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Well you were lucky then... My dad's 4S dropped from the coffee table with a bumper on and it spider webbed the screen, (fixed now) and the home button didn't work so he has to use the virtual thingy. But do you disagree with me when I say that Otter boxes are better than apples bumper cases especially in falls?
62. JessJess (unregistered)
I'm not sure I am that lucky. I have watched drop tests and the 4S is quite robust, obviously if you drop it onto something hard and the screen is struck first its probably not going to survive.
Most of this year I had no case on my 4S, just a screen protector front and back. I have dropped it (in doors only mind you!) onto wooden floors from waist height a good few times. Each time I cringed and slowly turned it over expecting it to be broken, and it was unharmed. So I don't think this is just me?
No of course not btw, the Otterbox is much better than a bumper for protection. It also covers up the phone quite considerably however. I used an otterbox on my 3GS for a while.
My point about using manufacturer created accessories was mostly limited to cables and chargers (especially charging!). I have used plenty of 3rd party cases.
73. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
now i only use Spigen Folio Flip case with my S3, because it folds into a kickstand for both portrait and landscape orientation... you should check if they make something like that for the 4S, you won't need a screen protector then (hate those things) :@
Apple still sucks though XD
79. ahhxd717 (Posts: 297; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Well I hope your phone doesnt crack/break from just falling waist high indoors.
82. JessJess (unregistered)
It doesn't, as I said? :S
90. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1443; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Ohhhh you're from Europe? That explains a lot and oh yea, SHUT UP MEG
92. JessJess (unregistered)
Oh ziiiiing *pats you on the head*
11. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Don't worry people Chinese will sale you for $5 instead of $50 by Apple.
13. JessJess (unregistered)
12. ekia007 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
ha ha. Told the public it is not about the money but it was about innovation. Now we know apple is greedy. f*** off apple. you suck!!!!
16. JessJess (unregistered)
Apple isn't a charity. Last time I checked anyway.
Their bottom line is what keeps them going. Maybe Mr Ives stated they are not in it for the money, but money pays his salary, the workers, for the offices etc etc etc.
It's a commonly known fact that Apple does increase its revenue with its own accessories, and as long as they allow other third parties to make the cables after the 'honeymoon' period is over I don't see the issue.
18. Aeires (unregistered)
I think arguments like that lost validity when they hit the $500 billion profit mark. Maybe earlier.
22. JessJess (unregistered)
I don't see how? The more they make the more financial responsibility they have.
How would a reduction in profits look? And for what purpose would Apple intentionally lose money?
35. Aeires (unregistered)
So your stance is they should escalate how much profit they earn instead of passing a savings off the customer?
38. JessJess (unregistered)
I wouldn't really pretend to know what's best for Apple as a company. I just know that when you are at the top, its not a time to start getting comfy...
17. Aeires (unregistered)
When you have a customer base that will purchase whatever you make, expect things like this to happen. Wouldn't be surprised if they refuse to honor the warranty should you purchase an after market product and have problems with the charging dock.
19. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
they are really doing the most right now