“New images released on Saturday compare what appear to be a Micro-A USB cable with the smaller 9-pin dock connector Apple is rumored to be deploying with the sixth-generation iPhone, showing the two components share almost identical dimensions,” AppleInsider reports.

“The purported 9-pin format is nearly identical in size to the Micro USB plug, though Apple’s rumored part appears to be slightly longer and thinner,” AppleInsider reports. “According to sources, the supposed new plug will feature a layout with eight pins exposed on either side of a metal shell which serves as a ninth contact, thus allowing for orientation-independent use. With the new design, users will no longer have to make sure that the connector is right side up when inserting it into an iDevice.”

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