My new iPhone arrived today, and with it, the new and controversial Lightning connector that replaces the Dock Connector of earlier models. And it has forced me to take a step back in my syncing and charging habits.
Over the years, I have accumulated a handful of power adaptors and Dock Connector cables, so I have scattered them about my digs: one by the sofa, one at my sitting-down desk, and one attached to the iMac at my standing desk. With Wi-Fi syncing and iCloud backup, I could pretty much plug my phone or my iPad in anywhere.
With my new iPhone I only have one Lightning cable, which I have attached to my iMac. That means, of course, my new iPhone gets no benefit from Wi-Fi syncing or iCloud backup. On the other hand, I spend much of my day at my iMac (hey, it’s where I make my living), so it really isn’t much of hardship to plug my iPhone in each morning to charge, sync, and back up as I start my workday. And, it must be said, tethered syncs and backups are considerably faster than those over the air, something I had forgotten in recent months.
So my disgruntlement level with the new connector is low. And I have a birthday coming up: maybe someone will buy me one of those Lightning-to-Dock connector adapter plugs.