CATHERINE ARMITAGE July 25, 2012
My nightmare ... more snaking cords.
The kitchen bench spaghetti tangle at our place has morphed from squishy organic to flex plastic since the mess-makers turned into screenagers. And Apple is about to make it a whole lot worse, apparently.
It's rumoured that the next Apple iPhone due out later this year will drop the endearingly wide-dock connector which has been part of the ''Apple ecosystem'' for nearly a decade in favour of a narrower one. Apparently this will free up ''real estate'' on the new phone for more interesting stuff.
I don't care that there might be new cool stuff to do on the next iPhone, because I don't make use of most of the cool stuff on my old one.
But I do care that there'll be more snaking cords among the writhing tangles which lie in wait around the house, which (if I may switch metaphors as rapidly as Apple pensions off devices) already look too much like Indiana Jones's snake nightmare in Temple of Doom.
How much worse that the new plastic snakes will be incompatible with the old ones? That not only makes the packing task for even the briefest of family getaways gets that harder.
Unless Apple's expected new 19 pin connector fits into the existing 30 pin standard (which on Apple's past form seems unlikely), it means we'll have to buy a new bunch of adaptors, docks and cables and chuck out the old ones. Hello, landfill.
Like much of the developed world our place has been colonised by chargers and connectors and speakers and other accessories for the iPods, iPads and iPhones on which we now rely for work and leisure.
To understand the full extent of this invasion, get this: our Yamaha amp has a dock that allows my son's iPod to send it album cover art which can then be displayed over WiFi to my husband's iPad or my iPhone using a Yamaha app.
The fetish objects we now hold in our hands are not the psychedelic LP covers of the '70s but the beautiful shiny products of Steve Jobs' marketing genius which are rapidly rendered obsolete by Apple's next new product.
But the Galaxy SIII with its bigger screen has surely upped the ante for Apple.
When the younger of our screenagers convinced himself, it seems like only yesterday, that he absolutely had to have the then-new iPhone 4s, he was persuaded by his unconvinced parents that a Galaxy with its standard connector was better value. He is the market of the future and he no longer associates desirable electronic gadgets exclusively with Apple.
Apple's mooted new dock connector might similarly take the disconnect some customers feel to new levels. Unless the new stuff is really, really, cool.