Lightning

Traveling Without a Lightning Charging Cable

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I am on a couple day work trip to Denver and I forgot to pack my iOS lightning charging cable. I have 2 iPhones (1 personal and 1 work) and an iPad Pro, so not having a cable to charge these devices was going to be a problem. The reason I forgot my charging cable was because I recently got a Fuse Chicken Titan Loop lightning cable that I now keep attached to the outside of my every day carry messenger bag...every day except days I travel. When I travel these days I tend to use my Henty CoPilot Backpack and leave my messenger bag at home. So my lightning cable is still at home attached to my bag.

When I realized this on the airplane ride out to Denver I initially thought I would just stop in at Target and grab a lightning cable. But then I realized I really didn’t have to. I still had my iPad charging brick as well as my OLALA Slide Power Bank Portable Charger that I had reviewed right here on this blog earlier this year. The great feature about this charger is that it has both lightning and micro-USB charging cables built-in, so as long as you have the Power Bank battery you have the charging cables you need to use it. So all I had to do to make it though my travels this week was to keep the Power Bank charged with my iPad charging brick (I did have the micro-USB power bank charging cable) and then rotate my iOS devices through charging cycles using the Power Bank and its built-in lightning cable. So that saved me a little bit of money and a trip to Target.

Why no 3.5mm Jack on the New MacBook Pros?

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The day after Apple had their event to show off the new MacBook Pro design I had several people asking me about what the heck Apple was doing. For those of you that have been lucky enough to avoid all the drama...Apple released the new iPhone 7 a little over a month ago and for the first time ever the iPhone did NOT have a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. The reason? Apple needed the extra volume (and by volume I mean space). The iPhone has been getting thinner and thinner and that old analog jack takes up valuable space. So Apple eliminated the headphone jack and released a new version of their wired Ear Pods that has a lightning connector instead of a 3.5mm connector.

Some people took this change very personally, but honestly it had to be done eventually. So whether you are a fan of this move by Apple or not, it is done. But last week when Apple introduced the new MacBook Pros and they still had the 3.5mm headphone jack and they didn't have a lightning port so you could plug in the new lightning Ear Pods, it caused some confusion. Why would Apple do this? In my opinion it is quite simple. Apple's long game is wireless. The lighting headphones are a stop gap. Otherwise, if Apple really intended for the future of digital audio to be through the lightning port they would have included a lightning port on the new MacBook Pros. I suspect very soon (maybe even the next iPhone) we will see the iPhone also remove the lightning port on the iPhone. What?!? How would you connect your iPhone to your computer? Do people really still do that ? How would you charge the iPhone? The answer is that the long game of Apple is wireless. I suspect they will soon move the iPhone to induction charging (similar to how it is done with the Apple watch). The iPhone will also take the Apple Watch's lead with respect to syncing as well. The Apple Watch connects wirelessly to your iPhone for all syncing so why can't the iPhone do the same thing. After all, more and more of your data is in the cloud anyway and not on your computer. Seriously who plugs their iPhone into their computer on a regular basis?

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