Apple Reportedly Working on ‘Micro Dock’ Connector For iPhone, iPad And iPod

Apple is planning to replace the standard 30-pin dock connector that is used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod with something more compact, according to iMore.

iMore reports:

An updated “micro dock” would make room for bigger batteries, 4G radios, and other components far more important to the iPhone and iPad in a PC free world.

We’ve heard that Apple is getting ready to ditch the dock connector as it’s currently sized and implemented on iPods, iPhones, and iPads. 

As iMore points out, the reason for replacing the 30-pin connector with something more compact is to make room for components for next generation iOS devices, such as 4G radios, bigger batteries, new sensors etc.

However, replacing the standard 30-pin connector would result in compatibility issues with existing accessories that make use of the dock connector (unless it also provides a convertor). Apple has been quite prepared to take such hard decisions to achieve the goal of making their iOS devices thinner and smaller in the past. For example: Apple was one of the first companies to start using micro-SIM card.

iMore also makes a valid point that with introduction of PC Free features such as Wi-Fi Sync, AirPlay and iCloud, the importance of the dock connector has changed.

It is probably wishful thinking, but it would be nice if the mobile industry sat down and came up with a common standard that could be used across mobile devices to reduce the cable clutter.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments.

  • Bill Gates

    They should design a smaller dock connector that’s magnetic!

    • GreenTag

      I approve this!!!

    • Strulf

      MagSafe for iPhone, me seconds that! :)

    • Kwopau

      I definitely agree with this. Much safer, like the MBP Magsafe, even when one trips over the corde, it won’t damage the device.

      • http://iphonehacks.com Rounak

        who would trip over an iPhone cable which would most likely be connected to your laptop or PC on your desk?

  • Andrew

    “It is probably wishful thinking, but it would be nice if the mobile industry sat down and came up with a common standard that could be used across mobile devices to reduce the cable clutter.” – Isn’t this what mirco-USB is?

  • Marlene

    Yeah ,I would like something like the Mag-Safe connector to free up the clutter of cords and some space in the I devices

  • A1d3nh0

    But will it blend?

  • oh yeah

    waterproof..

  • Fingers21

    Wireless charging would be nice. It’s already possible with the iPhone, so why not do away with the connector altogether?

    • Bruce

      How would that work in my car?

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Oh, no, this means old chargers wont work with new devices?

  • Lahey

    Backwards compatibility will depend on locale, as universal connections are already mandated for specific very large markets. For this reason adapters are already provided to those clients.

    If you have not received the adapter now however there is little reason to expect one in the future.

  • be noyles

    pc is not dead!!!!!!!!

  • letshavemeforabreak

    why worry? we can just use the 3.5mm to 3.5mm jack and plug it to your radio to listen to music.. :)

  • Damir

    The mag safe connector would make trouble for the compas in iPhone.
    I wonder how they solved that in the iPad 2 with the magnets for smart cover.

  • AJ

    Should do this Apple.. :)