Quick Note: Reuters Confirms iPhone Dock Connector Shrinkage
July 23, 2012 10:43 AM
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iPhone renderings showing smaller dock connector and relocated headphone jack
The next-generation iPhone will have a 19-pin connector port instead of the usual 30-pin port
While many have speculated that the next-generation iPhone will have
a smaller dock connector
, it has finally been confirmed that the standard 30-pin port will be no more.
, which spoke with two sources close to the matter, the next iPhone's dock connector will shrink from a 30-pin connector port to a 19-pin port.
After using a 30-pin port for so many years (and for so many devices), why change now? Two reasons: a smaller port means smaller gadgets, and new opportunities for (read: money) for new accessories.
With a smaller dock connector, Apple can use create completely new product designs because it eliminates some of the 21 mm of space the 30-pin port uses. It could focus on making smaller devices while leaving more room for internal batteries.
The new dock connector also means that old 30-pin accessories like speakers and power chargers are no longer compatible with the new iPhone. Furthermore, this means that those who buy the new iPhone will have to buy entirely new accessories (like the speakers) instead of being able to recycle them from iPhone to new iPhone.
However, it was rumored that Apple may offer an adapter for those who want to upgrade to the new iPhone, but can't afford to replace all of their accessories.
two sources, the main reason behind the shrinkage of the dock connector is to make room for the relocated headphone jack.
Lots of new iPhone rumors have been circulating lately, such as videos showing
the unibody casing
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.
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7/23/2012 11:14:06 AM
Connector sales are slumping and they need to regenerate that revenue stream. Every little bit helps, right?!
RE: It's Obvious...
7/23/2012 1:01:11 PM
Apple maintained the exact same connector standard for almost a decade... The 30-pin dock connector was introduced in April 2003. That's pretty impressive considering how quickly stuff is made obsolete in the computer industry. In fact, the dock connector has been around almost twice as long as the micro USB connector!
RE: It's Obvious...
7/23/2012 5:49:45 PM
Good point, but in the tech world as of today, everyone is using microUSB. Apple is like a Samurai insisting that he bring his sword when he meets Pres. Obama. The rules have changed man.
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