“After seeing the new, smaller opening on the bottom of some leaked iPhone 5 components, I assumed that Apple was dropping the venerable Dock Connector port on its iOS devices in favor of the Micro USB standard,” Jason D. O’Grady writes for ZDNet. “Well, I might be wrong.”
“Terry Flores noted in the comments that Micro USB isn’t 19-pins (as TechCrunch confirmed the new port on the iPhone 5 is),” O’Grady writes. “MobileFun notes that the new connector on the iPhone 5 is ‘much smaller, similar in size to micro USB.'”
In a comment under the TechCrunch post, Robert Scoble throws water on my Micro USB theory. Scoble quotes an engineer ‘working in the phone world’ as saying that Apple is moving from the Dock Connector to a MagSafe-like magnetic latch (like the one on the MacBook Air and Pro)… The new cable will ‘include chips to verify licensing of accessories to be used with the devices.’ His source goes on to explain that ‘there is a chip in both ends of the new power supply that ensure that it is an official device.'”
Read more in the full article here.
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