iPhone 5 Lightning Connector, Explained

Rainer Brockerhoff has a very informative dissection of Apple’s new digital connection and charging technology, called Lightning.

I’m glad Apple went with a new, though proprietary design for their new connector, rather than micro-USB. Lightning is much more capable than USB 2, and promises greater speeds than even USB 3 if and when it’s connectible with Apple’s Thunderbolt port.

(Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me. Gallileo, Gallileo … sorry. Couldn’t resist. Poor Freddie.)

I’m glad, too, I went against my initial geek instinct to buy into the Android ecosphere three years ago. Apple’s iPhone and related technologies have been not only technically superior in hardware, software and user interface, but more elegantly designed for easy, natural user experience, too. Android and the clones have steadily improved, and version 4 of the Android OS is reportedly very good. iPhone and iOS have been at least that good for the three years I’ve been a customer. Great stuff.