>drop the ball that fast
Really? this is what you say to the march of progress. They couldnt continue to make the phone smaller and thinner, like everyone wants, without making a new dock connector, one that was considerably smaller than the old version. So its fine for you to say that for you, this is a negative, and that you might not buy one. But to say that they dropped the ball is a bit ridiculous.
I don't want to start a flame war, but does anyone know how hard it would have been - technically - for Apple to include analog line-out capability as part of the new port (they seem to have acknowledged that its no long a 'dock connector' in moving to the new term). My el-cheapo Teclast T51 has a dedicated analog line-out : granted, its hardly 'slim', but what price aesthetics over retaining functionality that allowed others to profit from the iDevice ?