I’m already avoiding the purchase of new iPhone accessories, other than cases, in preparation for the next iteration of Apple’s iPhone, as there continue to be rumors that Apple’s new dock connector will be a 19-pin port instead of the long-standing universal iOS 30-pin port.
One possible reason for this move is to make space for the earphone jack, which is rumored to be moving from the top of the device to the bottom, but it’s also possible that the dock connector is shrinking is to allow for the next iPod nano to get even smaller, or to make room for a bigger battery inside the iPhone. Assuming the iPhone 5 will have an upgraded CPU, larger screen, and 4G connectivity, more power will be a must.
It’s likely that Apple will make a 30-pin to 19-pin adapter of some sort, which will help for charging and other corded accessories, but that won’t exactly make connecting with existing docking stands practical.
Regardless of reason, this change will certainly make current iPhone users irate, as cables, docks, adapters will all be rendered useless to anyone who upgrades to the next iPhone. Accessory-makers will be happy, since users will have to purchase more things from them.