I still think dongles are lame, particularly in the mobile phone space. It’s sometimes inconvenient as it is to have a cable hanging out of your pocket, let alone a cable connected to a smaller cable.
The only good thing about the new dongle is that Apple isn’t making me buy one. At least not yet.
I was expecting the lightning-to-headphone jack dongle to be about 1/10th the size that it turned out to be, like say…the size of an old 30-pin plug piece but with lightning instead of 30-pin, and a headphone port on the other side.
I was also fully expecting Apple to make consumers eat the cost of buying one, so that it would enhance margins on the phone rather than cutting into them.
Cutting the headphone jack, then including a lame dongle version in the box (thereby not actually cutting it) undermines the very “courage” that Apple was so quick to mention repeatedly the other day.
I will be curious to see if the Lightning EarPods offer any detectable sound improvements over the current model. That would at least be…something. My hunch is they won’t. I’m also eager to see if mainstream backlash happens, and to what extent.