Rumors that the next iPhone will have a smaller dock connector have been circulating for months. But a new report suggests that the new port could be even smaller than was previously thought.
iLounge, citing two unnamed sources, reported on Wednesday that Apple’s next-generation iPhone (and likely the next iPod touch and iPad) will have a newly designed 8-pin dock connector. The new dock connector is said to be replacing the long-standing 30-pin port currently in use on all iOS devices.
Back in February, rumors swirled that Apple was considering a smaller connector for future iDevices in order to make room for things like 4G and heftier batteries. Since then, the rumor mill has churned out reports indicating that Apple is working on a 16-pin and 19-pin dock connector. One report said the new dock connector will be pill-shaped and only slightly larger than the bottom speaker hole on the existing iPhone 4S.
Adding fuel to the rumors were two job listings posted to Apple’s website in May seeking a “Connector Design Engineer” and a “Product Design Eng — Connector” to work in Cupertino. Both postings said the job would “involve adaptation of existing connectors or complete new designs.”
A change to the 30-pin dock connector would, naturally, make existing docking systems incompatible with future iDevices, unless Apple released some sort of adapter.
We likely won’t find out if the rumors are true until the fall, when Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone with iOS 6. Website iMore reported earlier this week that Apple is planning to debut its next-generation device at a special event on Sept. 12 and release the phone nine days later, on Sept. 21.
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