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New iPhone dock connector  (Source: techcrunch.com)
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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Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By TacticalTrading on 6/21/2012 11:36:21 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not an iPhone user, but I know many. A common reason for sticking with the iPhone is all the equipment they have accumulated that works with it (read: that fancy connector on the bottom.)

So if this new port is not backwards compatible, all their equipment has been rendered ... Worthless!

Throw that on top of the number of them that complain about iTunes, and suddenly that upgrade decision becomes... well, complicated...




RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By Digimonkey on 6/21/2012 11:41:00 AM , Rating: 3
Knowing Apple there will probably be a $30-$50 adapter you can buy to make your old peripherals compatible.


By WalksTheWalk on 6/21/2012 2:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly why I stay away from proprietary connectors when at all possible. I'll stick with Bluetooth, MHL adapter or DLNA over WiFi thank you.

Why do i need a phone dock on a stereo that has a remote that controls the phone through the dock? I can just use Bluetooth, keep the phone on me and use it as the remote.


RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By troysavary on 6/21/2012 11:50:05 AM , Rating: 2
Apple probably thinks this will mean they can sell another bunch of accessories, and while it is true the Tony Swash types will go for more Apple sodomy, I think it will have an opposite effect on the less die-hard iUsers.


By FaaR on 6/21/2012 4:56:42 PM , Rating: 3
I own an iPhone, and all I ever use that dock for is charging. Same thing with the vast majority of all the other iPhone users. It's not as if anyone who buys an iPhone is some kind of brainless zombie with a siphon in their wallet that Apple can tap at will you know. Couldn't care less about that dock connector or however many pins it has; I'm not buying anything for it anywy. Why should I?

Not that you haters would understand anyway.


By kmmatney on 6/21/2012 11:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
I'll probably still stick with Apple devices. I do have a lot of cables and accessories, but I also have a lot of Apps. My kids often get iTunes cards for their birthday, which we have pooled into a single account, so we can share Apps across several devices. I would consider breaking out of the Apple mold if Jailbreaking stopped, as I have many invested Cydia Apps (MyWi, RetinaPad, Emulators with Wiimote control, custom lock screens, etc...).


RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By Tony Swash on 6/21/12, Rating: 0
RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By themaster08 on 6/21/2012 12:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, you don't need to endorse Apple at every opportunity that arises. The last paragraph alone would have done just fine.


RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By Tony Swash on 6/21/2012 1:36:36 PM , Rating: 1
I like to bring real world evidence to bear whenever possible otherwise people just spin off into weird parallel universe type discourses and drift ever further from reality into a wish fulfilment dream world.

I too like to day dream but I try to remember that they are day dreams and not reality.


By The Raven on 6/21/2012 2:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...and drift ever further from reality into a wish fulfilment dream world. I too like to day dream but I try to remember that they are day dreams and not reality.


quote:
If Apple do indeed change the connector port design then I suspect they will address the issue of backwards compatibility with older peripherals.

I also think that they will eventually allow me to do what ever the hell I want to with the things I paid for with my own money...oh wait that is a daydream. Sorry I thought we were all saying things based on reality there for a second.


RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By The Raven on 6/21/2012 1:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't done that much research into this but from what I can tell that survey should be taken with a grain of salt (or I guess I should say, 'the survey was taken with a grain of salt.'
4 things to consider (and I am sure I am not some genius so there are probably more to consider)
1) Brand loyalty, which you have pointed out yourself on occasion and others have pointed out (as a cult of sheep) would heavily skew this satisfaction survey.
2) If someone is looking for an iPhone-like device and buy a Sammy..."Hey this isn't as much like an iPhone as I thought!" Or "This LG sucks since I can't bring all of my iApps over onto it and it doesn't work well with iTunes."
3) The survey is a simple 1-10 level of satisfaction survey which doesn't explain WHY they are satisfied. There are a lot of people in N. Korea who are very satisfied with their gov't as well. Without a clear explanation as to why, the info is useless. You can't adjust based on the factors of 1 and 2 with a simple 1-10.
4) Manufacturer offerings. The survey was not limited to smartphones from what I read. Also, LG, et al offer more than 1-2 phones like Apple does. So while Sanyo might make a phone that is rated at satisfaction score of 100, they might have another that gets a 50. The aggregate score for them would be 75 if they theoretically only made 2 models.

I'm not saying that Apple isn't on top in customer satisfaction here, but these scores are bupkis in my estimation.


RE: Finally a reason to break out of the trap
By matty123 on 6/21/2012 2:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that this survey only covers the United States which {to my knowledge at least} has a much larger amount of iphone users than the global average suggests...

Also their are other studies where other brands are rated substantially higher than apple...

quote:
BOSTON, Jun 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Samsung is the most preferred consumer technology brand, ahead of Sony, HP and Apple , according to ConsumerMetrix Technology Brand Preference Index just released by Strategy Analytics. In a survey of more than six thousand consumers in the US and Europe, "Technology Brand Preferences," Samsung received the highest overall preference rating of +41 percent, followed by Sony at +29 percent, HP at +20 percent and Apple at +19 percent. The lowest brand preference ratings were given to Lenovo (-37 percent), RIM (Blackberry) (-28 percent) and Sanyo (-26 percent). Respondents were asked to consider how likely they would be to choose each of more than twenty global brands when buying technology products such as computers, mobile phones and TVs.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/strategy-analytic...


By The Raven on 6/21/2012 2:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The lowest brand preference ratings were given to Lenovo
Really?? Now I find this study dubious as well lol. Well I guess this adds to my point in two ways lol...

...Lies, damned lies, and statistics.


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