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iPhone renderings showing smaller dock connector and relocated headphone jack  (Source:
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.

According to Reuters, 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.

According to Reuters' 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 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.

Source: Reuters

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By Souka on 7/23/2012 11:20:13 AM , Rating: 4
+1 to Apple for making it smaller... the old 30pin was ridiculous in size

-1 to keeping the proprietary connector. Didn't the EU adopt micro-usb as a standard? How come Apple is excluded?

I got my wife a iPod Nano for last Xmas... connector is the width of the device...funny.

RE: Finally
By Brandon Hill on 7/23/2012 11:26:59 AM , Rating: 2
-1 to keeping the proprietary connector. Didn't the EU adopt micro-usb as a standard? How come Apple is excluded?

Apple gets away with it by including a dock connector-to-microUSB adapter in the box with each iPhone sold in the EU:

RE: Finally
By Brandon Hill on 7/23/2012 11:34:18 AM , Rating: 1
Edit, it appears that they "offer" the adapter. It doesn't look as though Apple includes it in the box.

RE: Finally
By The Raven on 7/23/2012 5:40:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you even think they would include it? This is Apple we are talking about lol. They begrudgingly had to give away rubber bands.

RE: Finally
By gamerk2 on 7/23/2012 11:29:05 AM , Rating: 1
Apple isn't "excluded", they just want you to re-purchase all their proprietary HW again, so they can make big profits.

RE: Finally
By retrospooty on 7/23/2012 11:42:26 AM , Rating: 3
"+1 to Apple for making it smaller... the old 30pin was ridiculous in size"

Bah!. Apple is rediculous with this. Every other smartphone maker on Earth for the past 4 years has figured out how to use MicroUSB. Get with the program Apple!

RE: Finally
By B3an on 7/23/2012 8:27:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah that definitely isn't a +1. Its a -10.

They should be using Micro USB already. Typical Apple.

RE: Finally
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 7/23/2012 11:53:21 AM , Rating: 2
The dock connector has support for stuff like signaling track info and device control, as well as video and audio out, so docked devices (such as car stereos, clock radios, etc) don't need a USB subsystem and firmware to work with their quirks (such as formatting in HFS+, the iTunes DB and filesystem). The dock also used to have Firewire support, but that has gone away for the most part, only older devices can sync or even power over Firewire.

RE: Finally
By Argon18 on 7/23/2012 12:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's abandonment of firewire is a shame. Firewire is so much faster than USB2, and it provides 3x the bus power for charging or powering devices. Also it operates in DMA mode (just like SATA, PATA, SAS, SCSI) instead of USB's old slow PIO mode. Firewire is really superior to USB in every way. Too bad intel is spending $Billions to force USB on everyone.

RE: Finally
By Guspaz on 7/23/2012 12:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
Firewire is dead. The spec for 3.2 Gbps firewire was announced five years ago, but not a single product has shipped with it. Meanwhile, USB 3 has seen wide deployment with a speed of 5 Gbps, far in excess than any of the Firewire 800 devices shipping, while Thunderbolt bumps that up to 40 Gbps per cable (typically arranged as two bi-directional 10 Gbps channels).

The only advantage Firewire has is the power that can be supplied, but in practice it provides less than Thunderbolt.

RE: Finally
By kingmotley on 7/23/2012 1:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
Every way except for 3 I suppose.
1) Firewire never really took off except for a in a few specialized markets, while USB is everywhere.
2) Firewire 800 (or even the rare S3200) isn't faster than USB 3.0.
3) Firewire is dead, while USB 3.0 is not.

RE: Finally
By The Raven on 7/23/2012 12:41:02 PM , Rating: 1
Where is the HDMI port on this sumbitch?

RE: Finally
By Guspaz on 7/23/2012 12:56:59 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you want an HDMI port built into the smartphone? That's what adapters are for. If every random port/connector was natively supported by a smartphone, it wouldn't fit in your pocket.

RE: Finally
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/23/2012 1:30:41 PM , Rating: 3
Somehow every other manufacturer can put an HDMI port in while fitting in the pocket...

RE: Finally
By The Raven on 7/23/2012 5:38:37 PM , Rating: 2
I guess this guy thinks TV manufacturers on the other hand should have to cater to Apple? The other option is make their customers buy said adapter. Real nice of you Apple.

HDMI+USB, every electronic device except Apple trash can manage.

This type of 'news' really pisses me off because I will have to get an iPhone for work at the end of the month lol. I am as happy about it as the copy of Win7 that I am getting too.

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