Reuters: Smaller Dock Connector On Next iPhone To Make Room For Headphone Jack

A Reuters report, published today, claims that the next iPhone will feature a smaller, 19-pin dock connector, making room at the bottom for a headphone jack.

Current iPhone models have the headphone jack at the top, and a 30 pin dock connector at the bottom. The switch will make room for additional components like an LTE chip and a relocated headphone jack.

From the Reuters report:

The iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Cases are already being built for the next iPhone incorporating the smaller dock connector and the relocated headphone jack. These cases, presumably, are built on the leaked schematics that we’ve seen earlier. Rumors suggest that the 19-pin connector would also be included in the iPad mini.

Reuters notes that a new dock connector would infuse the third party Apple accessory industry with renewed growth, since iPhone docks, speakers and connectors that have been sold till now will all become incompatible, unless Apple also sells a 30-pin to 19-pin converter.