Yes - that's been one of the complaints about midi: nothing new since ages ago. I'm sure I head something specific at the time, but I'll be damned if I can remember.Stab Frenzy wrote:The unused pins were reserved for future functionality, but as midi is still at v1.0 they haven't done anything with them yet.Blue Monster 65 wrote:Slightly OT: wasn't there supposed to be some reason for the five pins on a midi cable? Some extra functionality that's been left behind? I thought I'd heard thar years ago (late '80's).
I'm quite sure the real reason Korg (and others) choose to go with Apple / iOS is due to the ubiquity of the system. There's been plenty of discussion about the lack of musical apps on Android and other systems. I'm sure that when (or if?) those operating systems get to the saturation point that Apple has, you'll see more manufacturers climb aboard there, too. Therein lies the conundrum: if the system doesn't offer what the other does, then how is it going to grow? And if it doesn't grow, how is it ever going to be considered for use by others? Not a lot of hipster-ism in those kinds of business decisions unless you're some bedroom developer, I'm afraid.
Frankly, it would be nice for an industry standard of an OS so that you could port whatever software you have between whatever device you have. But I don't see that happening.