It is not just us average folks who are complaining about the various accessories that one has to buy to go along with any new Apple product they buy. Indian billionaire Anand Mahindra, chairman of the multi-billion dollar Mahindra Group, took to Twitter to complain about the USB-C port on his new iPad Pro being incompatible with his existing iPhone charger and earphones.
He complained that since the iPhone charger does not work with his new iPad, he will have to carry an additional charger with him while traveling. Additionally, the lack of a Lightning connector means his existing EarPods don’t work with the tablet as well. He sarcastically said that this was a “great strategy” from Apple to boost accessory sales.
Got a new iPad & found that the lightning connector's been https://t.co/UmJpsLysGo need a new charger which doesn't work with my iPhone&new earphones too.More junk when I travel. Great strategy to boost accessory sales, but not surprised more folks are sticking to existing models
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 18, 2019
Apple switched over to USB-C with its 2018 iPad Pro lineup, while its iPhone lineup continues to stick to Lightning. This means that if you own a 2018 iPad Pro and iPhone XS/XR, you will have to carry two separate chargers for them.
Despite Mahindra being a billionaire who can easily afford to buy a few accessories for his new iPad, the comments he makes are spot on. Apple’s port strategy is a bit of a mess right now with the company using USB-C on its MacBook, MacBook Pro, and iPad Pro lineup, while its iPhone lineup continues to stick to Lightning. Irrespective of which Apple product you buy, you will have to buy some adapters with them.
There are rumors of Apple switching over to USB-C with its 2019 iPhones but it is still not confirmed. The switch will make the life of a lot of people easier.