Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New, smaller dock connector to feature on iPhone 5, say reports

Apple will replace the 30-pin dock connector with a much smaller 19-pin dock connector to free up more space on the next generation iPhone.

The latest rumour comes courtesy of “two sources familiar with the matter” who told Reuters that Apple will shrink the connector "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom" of the phone.

While the change may frustrate consumers who have spent money collecting accessories such as speakers, cases and power chargers for their precious i-devices, analysts told Reuters it will be a boon for accessory makers.

Apple has used a 21mm wide 30-pin dock connector since the release of the third-generation iPod. +

Technology blog iMore first reported Apple would feature a smaller dock on its new iPhone, tentatively called the iPhone 5, in an article published in February.

iMore has since revealed Apple will produce an adapter that will enable iPhone 5 owners to use existing iPhone accessories with the smaller 19-pin dock connector.

“We haven’t heard if one will be included in the box along with the iPhone 5, or will only be sold separately, but either way, come October, you’ll be able to get a new-to-old Dock adapter from Apple,” said the blog.

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