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iPhone 5 to Sport 19-Pin Dock Connector?

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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.

new iphone 19 pin dock connector

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.

dock connector iphone 30 pin

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.

[via Reuters]





Comments (3):

  1. randy says:

    asiphone 5 will there new dock stand we known if the new new iPhone 5 we will have buy or change dock

  2. Thomas says:

    I have been waiting to upgrade my two iPhone 4 (original 4, not 4S) phones to the iPhone 5. If this is true about the dock connector being different, thus turning all my accessories and my 2 dock station/speaker systems into junk, I can assure Apple of one thing, THEY WILL LOSE ME AS A CUSTOMER. That is so wrong on so many levels. It’s not like the iPhone is leaps and bounds beyond, it’s not. No Flash support is still sticking in my craw and I overlook it, but this would take me beyond what I will tolerate. If the port is really 19 pins it will be no different than if Apple back handed me in the face at the Apple store and told me F-off. In my 55 years I have never seen such blatant planned obsolescence over such a short period. I own a boat load of Apple products, I’ve been a good customer for them. No more. Why should I buy a product that I know will just kick me in the balls again next time?

  3. Dash135 says:

    Apple has stuck with the same dock connector for years, too many to remember, since the first iPods. How can you call it a “blatant planned obsolescence over such a short period”? This dock has been around for years, and is growing obsolete now anyway. It could’ve been replaced years ago but they’ve stuck with it, as long as possible until it got ridiculous. Everything in the world, especially in technology, has to move on and evolve at some point. How can a company like Apple keep the same dock connector for 50 years of evolution in technology? The truth is that things change, it has to happen, but without it we’d be stuck with the same legecy port for the rest of our lives. We would never move on from old technology, and you can’t disagree that the current dock IS old now. Apple will sell dock converters for $10 or so, if they don’t include one in the box, so it’s not like they’re charging you a fortune to make a new iPhone compatible with old to current hardware. It’ll also likely be easier to use as the cable will be able to connect to the phone either way when it’s plugged in (so you don’t have to check which way is the front, it will work both ways).
    If I were you, I wouldn’t convert to Android or Windows Phone simply because a company is moving on from an old piece of hardware. This has to happen in life, out with the old and in with the new, and it may just make things easier for everyone, into the future.

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