Steve Abraham

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There's been much harrumphing about the fact that Apple didn't use Micro-USB for the iPhone 5, but the reason is simple; it's not good enough.

People keep asking why Apple didn’t opt for the micro-USB connector. The answer is simple: that connector isn’t smart enough. It has only 5 pins: +5V, Ground, 2 digital data pins, and a sense pin, so most of the dock connector functions wouldn’t work – only charging and syncing would.