Back in February, iMore had reported that Apple is planning to replace the standard 30-pin dock connector that is used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod with something more compact, which they called the “micro dock”.
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.
Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem. […]
[…] Three independent manufacturers all agreed that the 19-pin dock port is in the works and many accessory manufacturers are facing an uneasy few months as they wait for official news of the standard to be announced.
According to TechCrunch, the new port is similar in size as the Thunderbolt port that are available on new MacBooks, but the pin-out will be different.
But as we’ve pointed out earlier, replacing the standard 30-pin connector would result in compatibility issues with existing accessories that make use of the dock connector (unless Apple 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 the micro-SIM card.
It is probably wishful thinking, but it would be nice if the mobile industry sat down and came up with a common standard for such dock connectors so that a single type of cable could be used across mobile devices to reduce the cable clutter.
Check out the video of the leaked back panel, which gives a glimpse of the smaller dock connector.
What do you think about the possibility of a smaller 19-pin connector? Sound off in the comments.