“A mini Dock Connector expected to make its debut on Apple’s new iPhone next month sports 9 official points of contact and takes design cues from the company’s patented and ‘idiot proof’ MagSafe adapters,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“The introduction of the new connector alongside Apple’s so-called iPhone 5 next month is expected to jumpstart a transition to retire the legacy 30-pin connector that has been a staple of the company’s handheld devices since making its debut on the third-generation iPod classic nearly 10 years ago,” Jade reports. “In addition to comprising roughly 60% less real estate, the new mini Dock Connector will deliver enhancements in I/O connectivity and transfer rates with just a fraction of the number of electrical contacts as its predecessor, according to people familiar with the matter.”

“They say the 8 gold contacts seen on one side of the male plug in recently leaked photos of the connector are simply repeated on the flip side,” Jade reports. “‘The beauty of this connector is that it no longer matters which side is up when you insert it into the phone,’ one of those people explained. ‘It’s like MagSafe on the [MacBook] – every orientation is the correct one.'”

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