Apple to shrink Dock Connector for next-gen iPhone, sources say

“Apple Inc’s new iPhone will drop the wide dock connector used in the company’s gadgets for the best part of a decade in favor of a smaller one, a change likely to annoy the Apple faithful but which could be a boon for accessory makers,” Clare Jim and Lee Chyen Yee report for Reuters.

“The iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port ‘to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom,’ two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters,” Jim and Yee report. “That would mean the new phone would not connect with the myriad of accessories such as speakers and power chargers that form part of the ecosystem around iPods, iPads and iPhones, without an adaptor.”

MacDailyNews Take: So, use the adaptor. The 30-pin Dock Connector has been in use for a decade. Things change much faster than that in the CE market.

Jim and Yee report, “Tech blogs have long speculated on the demise of the 30-pin connector, which at 21 mm wide takes up a chunk of space… They say that a smaller connector would give Apple more scope for new product designs or a bigger battery, or simply to make ever smaller products.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. As George Costanza would say, “It was shrinkage and it couldn’t be helped.”

    More damn mountains out of molehills. I guess it’s the first time there’s ever been a connector change on a device from Apple? I’ve owned Apple computers since 1984 and believe me, I’ve seen connector changes. I take them all in stride. Change is inevitable in all things.

  2. I can imagine it’s most ladies’ dream to have a “smaller doct connector” which will be tight, small, and provide a more satisfied overall user experience?!

  3. I hope it is true, the headphone jack needs to be on the bottom. I have had every model of iPhone, and they all do the same thing: Collect pocket lint in the headphone jack.

    I am sick of taking a needle and fishing it all out to get a good headphone connection.

    The phone almost always goes in the pocket top down just because of the way you hold it. A bottom headphone port would be a welcome improvement IMO.

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