Last night I flipped through Reddit and came across a post for 45 thousand likes and 1300 comments about Apple’s USB extension cable, which I have something to add.
Apple’s proprietary USB A extension cable. from r / assholedesign
The consensus in the comments: the terrible, vicious Apple puts poles in the wheel for users again. It turned out to be so petty that even USB extension cable made incompatible with other devices.
I counted more than a hundred comments of the format “never buy from Apple”, “Apple sucks”, “THEREFORE ANDROID AND DOT ONLY” (namely, a caps).
The vast majority decided that this extension cord is on sale right now. Someone thought that this was done so that the iPhone’s complete 1-meter USB cable would not plug in there, and owners would need to buy a 2-meter Lightning.
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The deeper the page flipped, the stronger the palm was applied to the face. I would leave it unattended if 9 years ago because of stupidity didn’t think the sameas most commentators on a post on Reddit.
I was mistaken, they too, so today we will answer this legend and destroy it. And then, I’m sure, more than once will ride on some publics and Twitter.
What kind of adapter is the internet angry at?
This is Apple’s USB extension cable, which was bundled with its keyboards until 2006. I have two or three of these left over from wired Apple keyboards purchased almost 10 years ago.
The extension cord was never sold separately, and after the release of wired keyboards in 2006, you can get these cables only in the secondary market or from the kit of the old Apple Wired Keyboard.
If you forgot what the Apple Wired Keyboard looks like.
The cable works exactly as the name implies: it simply simplifies connecting the keyboard to the system unit of your computer. Why then in it this groove?
Relevant recess is only on Apple wired keyboard plugs. Therefore, the extension cord can only be used with them until you break out the groove. Yes, this does not affect performance.
Paz really DECORATIVE.
Why did Apple make such a strange USB extension cable? Again, sticks in the wheels?
Short answer: chaos and features of USB standards at the beginning of the 21st century.
USB originated in the mid-90s. A consortium of companies called USB Implementers Forum, abbreviated USB-IF (site here).
This organization is engaged in absolutely everything, including standardization of physical and technical characteristics, up to the approval of the maximum length of each type of cable and the shape of its plugs.
Roughly speaking, if you want to use USB in your device, whether as a port or connector for anything, then you must follow the instructions and standards set by USB-IF. Deviation from them automatically denies the right to use the USB logo on the case, boxes, advertising and instructions for your product.
In order for your device to use the USB logo, you must pay $ 5,000 annually to USB-IF. For open source projects, there is a “free version” of the standard, but USB-IF does not officially recognize its existence.
So, at the beginning of the two thousandth USB-IF did not allow USB extension cords to use the USB 2.0 logo. According to the consortium’s opinion, cable extensions are evil, and users should buy USB hubs instead. This is for short.
If the manufacturer added a USB extension cable to the device kit or sold it separately, then he could not put the logo USB 2.0 per box of such a product. Like, it doesn’t meet the standards, but it works in fact or not, the consortium is not important in principle.
Despite this, Apple firmly decided: USB extension cords MUST be included in their wired keyboard sets. At least useful to the user! But then it would be impossible to stick the USB logo on the box with them: the keyboard passes through it, but the extension cord does not.
Therefore, Cupertino decided to spit on USB-IF and make it smart.
The extension cord was not nominally a USB cable. To distance ourselves from USB-IF standards, a decorative vertical groove was added to the port. And the USB 2.0 plugs in Apple keyboards were equipped with a corresponding recess that does not violate the USB 2.0 standard and does not interfere with the keyboard being connected to any standard USB port.
USB-IF arranged this option, and Apple added such an extension cord to the boxes until it stopped releasing wired keyboards in 2006.
Morality: first deal, then get angry
Reddit moderators changed their minds overnight and added a postscript to that post: “Read comments”. And understanding people finally came to them, explaining that Apple’s initiative had nothing to do with the attribution of its “desire to ruin the lives of users”.
However, the post still grows in the number of likes, because most people do not think of reading beyond the title and the picture. There is nothing new, this is the Internet.
In any case, if you ever stumble upon such a strange extension cord, know: the groove in it can simply be broken and used with anything, not just Apple keyboards.
Also try less to believe everything that is written or discussed on the Internet. Such is the universal advice for all time.