All apple seems to innovate with these days is legalisitics.
Not just stupid stuff like 'we own round corners' but also out and out milking of customers.
EU makes a law sayign that all mobile phones have a mciro-USB socket for charging. Rather than build a new phone with what is now a legal requirement to sell in eurpoe (never mind it being an industry standard) they change teh already oddball iphone 30pin dock with a new proprietary attachment method.
Speaking at an exclusive lunch in Sydney for 30 winners of a Vodafone competition, Apple's former official "evangelist" Guy Kawasaki said he was "disappointed" in the company's decision to change the connection slots on the new iPhone 5, forcing customers to buy new cables.
"This connector thing, I think it's pure arrogance," Mr Kawasaki said. "They say 'we want to save space and go from 30 pins to whatever number of pins it has now'. Well, if the goal was really to save space why didn't you just go to a micro USB like everybody else in the world, and we could all get a cable at 7-11 for $5.
"But no, you had to have a proprietary one. It fries my brain, I don't understand it. It's just arrogance and I'm disappointed very much in that."
Even better yet, for awhile at least 'lightning' to micro-USB adapters were only avaible in europe, and rather expensive for a little bit of dumb plastic.
Yes, that is £25.00 ($40 US).
Now thats innovation!
I just hope that I'm never forced to buy apple products, and if I am forced, I hope I have some lubrication handy....