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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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By Belard on 6/22/2012 9:38:00 AM , Rating: 2
The Apple connector used today and the upcoming one in the near future was designed for easy of use and functionality. They DO more than the 4 pin USB connector! Some out-dated functions are removed, some are added for the newer smaller port.

Now, here is the kicker... remember ease of use? If anyone ever tried to DOCK a micro-USB connector... it SUCKS. Even the connector for my android requires angle-aim-insertion to get it in. A USB dock for external HD... same thing, if you are not aligned perfectly, pull out- shift a bit and try again. Same with my Logitech Pro MX Mouse, its far more difficult to plug it in that the apple design.

It easily takes 2-5x the effort to plug in/dock a Micro-USB connector. The bigger connector is also less likely to be damaged.

Considering that Apple owns the tablet and a big chunk of the cell phone markets, this is a none issue. It *IS* great that all other phones use the standard USB connector. I know that I've gone through 4 different SONY connectors over the course of 10 years... Samsung 2-4 (ex-GF).. ooops, doesn't fit. etc etc.

Another example: Old-style game consoles before they went wireless. They have big-rounded connectors to handle the abuse. They work a lot better than the standard DB9 / DB15 connectors of old style joysticks (Atari / Amiga / PC).

I'm sure Apple is happy to move to a smaller (but not too small) a connector to work for the next 5~10 years. They didn't DO IT "just because". They know its a bit of a headache with the 3rd party products.

But WE ALL go through this all the time. How many AMD and intel sockets are in the market? Anyone notice that SDR, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 memory do NOT fit each other? Socket 940 doesn't fit with socket 939 or socket AM2 (940 pins) or FM1... and now FM2 has rendered FM1 & AM3+ into dead platforms.

Personally, I would love to see a better USB port standard that what we have now... but already, there are at least 7 different USB plug types... ugh!

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