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New iPhone dock connector  (Source:
The new iPhone will now have a 19-pin port instead of the 30-pin port

It looks like the new iPhone's dock connector has received a makeover from past versions, cutting the number of pins from 30 to 19.

New photos and videos indicate that the new iPhone will now have a 19-pin port instead of the 30-pin port that Apple devices have traditionally offered since the third generation iPod.

According to Tech Crunch, the new 19-pin port looks similar to Apple's Thunderbolt port seen on MacBooks, but manufacturers have told the web publication that the new iPhone's pin-out will be different from Thunderbolt's.

Lots of new iPhone rumors have been circulating lately, such as videos showing the unibody casing and leaked photos presenting the longer screen and metal backplates. These leaks confirmed a few new iPhone specs, such as the relocated headphone jack and metal antenna molded into the backplates.

However, some other specs remain unclear, such as the size of the SIM card. A video showing new iPhone specs revealed a smaller SIM card holder piece, but no measurements have been released.

Source: Tech Crunch

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RE: Micro-usb
By Digimonkey on 6/21/2012 11:35:30 AM , Rating: 2
Using Micro usb wouldn't really work as the current connectors on iphones offer video out. I believe there is a standard for phone cables however that offers both data and video, but maybe apple has future plans that don't fit into those specs.

RE: Micro-usb
By Solandri on 6/21/2012 4:20:01 PM , Rating: 2
The EU has mandated that all phones be chargeable via a micro-USB port. This was to eliminate the huge number of incompatible chargers which people were paying for and throwing away with each new phone. Apple still hasn't complied with this requirement - instead they'll sell you an adapter which plugs into the iPhone port that lets you charge it with micro-USB.

What's really going on here is that Apple doesn't want to do the obvious thing and split the connector into two ports - a micro-USB for charging and digital communications (and compliance with EU law), and a second port for high-speed video and analog. I dunno if their designers don't want to mar the beauty of a single symmetric connector, or they think their users are too stupid to figure out two different ports. But there really is no technical reason why the iPhone lacks micro-USB.

RE: Micro-usb
By DJ Brandon on 6/22/2012 2:01:20 AM , Rating: 2
1. HD Video Stream
2. No need for two ports on a phone.

RE: Micro-usb
By Kiffberet on 6/25/2012 9:16:07 AM , Rating: 2
"Apple doesn't want to do the obvious thing and split the connector into two ports..."

Beacuse obvioulsy having 2 separate ports/wires is a stupid idea when 1 can recharge and transfer data.

RE: Micro-usb
By theapparition on 6/25/2012 1:33:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it's called MHL.

Physically and electrically compatible with MicroUSB, and also offers HDMI out. Many phones already are shipping with it and it works fine.

But Apple has to be different.

RE: Micro-usb
By michael2k on 6/25/2012 4:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
How many times does this need to be brought up?

MHL doesn't support component/composite (analog) video nor line-in/out (analog) audio.

RE: Micro-usb
By theapparition on 6/26/2012 10:38:21 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, yeah. We all know, it's time to cut the cord with the old tech.

If they can put electronics in the new cables to verify approved devices, they can also put in a digital-analog decode circuit as well.

You think you know something but you don't. Your comment about reducing the number of grounds in one of your posts clearly indicates that.

RE: Micro-usb
By michael2k on 6/26/2012 12:47:31 PM , Rating: 2
Why? What's the point of adding D2A in the adapter when you can just use the existing hardware in the phone and give it a couple pins?

RE: Micro-usb
By theapparition on 6/26/2012 3:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why? Did you really just ask why?

Well gee, then it would be compatible with every other phone charger. And accessories could be standardized that work across a variety of phones.

That would be great for the consumer, but lousy for Apple. We see which side you're on.

RE: Micro-usb
By michael2k on 6/26/2012 6:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
With the dock-mUSB cable they are already compatible with every other phone charger.

If you want accessories standardized across all phones, you need every phone manufacturer to pick a standard other than USB so as to gain host support, video and audio support for cheap component and composite, and HDMI support.

Note, I know that On-The-Go was added as a supplement to USB2 and USB3, but audio support, video support, and HDMI are still not "standard" and require custom HW such as MHL to implement.

Better to convince everyone else to do something like a new microDisplayPort or microHDMI connector to gain audio, video, analog, digital, charging, ethernet, and host support.

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