Few days back, iLounge had provided some interesting details about iPhone 5, iPad mini, next generation iPod touch and iPad 4.
iLounge now claims that they’ve received some more information about the new dock connector. They claim that according to their source, the smaller dock connector features only 8 pins, contradicting reports that Apple’s upcoming iOS devices will come with a smaller 19-pin dock connector.
iOS devices currently come with a 30-pin dock connector. iLounge reports:
Although the original Dock Connector contained 30 pins, reports of 16- or 19-pin connectors seemed hard to square with the port’s small size and Apple’s actual need for additional pins beyond what USB/Micro-USB offer. No images or parts for the connector have leaked out, either. Both of our sources concur that there are eight pins in a line within the new Dock Connector, which may well receive a different name going forward.
One source claims that the new connector will feature other design innovations, potentially including the ability to be connected to docks and cables in either orientation (like MagSafe) [..]
[..] A source chimes in to confirm and explain the second detail: the male connector has 8 pins on each side, while the female connector has only 8 pins on one side. This enables the iPhone/iPod/iPad (with female port) to connect to either side of a male cable or docking plug.
iLounge also claims that Apple is working on an yet undisclosed iOS 6 feature that will take advantage of the Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity available in Apple’s recent products for inter device communication.
The feature would enable, say, a future iPod nano to display iMessages received by an iPhone, record voice memos that could be shared via the iPhone, and even initiate phone calls through its own headphones. It could also conceivably let you make iPhone calls from your iPad (or possibly even recent Macs), assuming the iPhone was paired with the computer over Bluetooth. The core concept here might sound familiar to fans of HP’s ill-fated TouchPad, but our source claims that it’ll be more broadly and deeply executed by Apple.
Apple’s 6th generation iPhone could be the first device to feature the smaller dock connector. It is widely speculated that Apple will unveil the hotly anticipated ‘iPhone 5′ along with the smaller and cheaper iPad mini, next generation iPod touch and possibility next generation iPod nano at a media event on September 12th, followed by the launch of iPhone 5 after nine days on September 21st.