“According to our sources, Apple’s new, smaller 9-pin dock connector is dubbed ‘Lightning’ internally [see photo in the full article],” 9to5Mac reports. “As of this evening, we believe that this name will extend to the new connector’s marketing name. The moniker makes sense for two reasons. One: it goes along with the Thunderbolt connector name on the Mac (Thunderbolt and Lightning!). Two: perhaps ‘Lightning’ means that the new dock connector will be able to sync via a computer at faster speeds than the current 30-pin connector. With Apple’s new USB3-enabled Macs, we’d hope so anyway. It will sell for around $20 though previous reports indicated $10.”

“We’re also told that an entirely new version of Apple’s headphones will be announced tomorrow [see photo in the full article]. We’re told that these will be called ‘Earpods’ and will retail for the same price as the current headphones – $29 in the US. The acoustics are obviously improved and they may not fall out of your ears every time you turn your head,” 9to5Mac reports. “We’re also told that Apple will ship a unique new ‘Loop’ accessory in multiple colors for the new iPod touch. This new accessory will come in white+black, white+red, white+pink, white+yellow, and white+blue and retail for around $10.”

Read more and see the photos in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]