Rumourmodo: Apple Shrinking iPhone Connector To 19-Pin Port

The idea of Apple ditching the current 30-pin iPhone connection in favour of something smaller has been floating around for some time. Now, Reuters is reporting that the next iPhone will feature a new, 19-pin connection.

Citing those infamous sources familiar with the matter, Reuters suggests that the next iPhone will come with a 19-pin connector at the bottom of the phone, rather than the long-standing 30-pin port. The reason is, according to the sources, "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom". That tallies with what we've seen in leaked shots of the phone, which have — controversially — shown the 3.5mm headphone socket moved to the bottom of the device.

We don't even need to begin to describe how a shift in connection type would upset some iPhone users, though it would likely make a lot of accessory makers really very happy. One interesting theory has already suggested that a new dock connector might be directly compatible with Micro-USB — but that could just be wishful thinking.

As ever, it's impossible to know how accurate the Reuters rumour is, but evidence is slowly amassing that suggests a change in connection type — whatever form it takes — is looking like a strong possibility. I just hope that, if it happens, the adapters don't suck. [Reuters]


Comments

    I thought Apple would be using the Mini USB connection as the EU wants all mobile phones to use the same connection. It might mean that the new iPhone for Europe will have two connections.

      No offence, but people keep saying things like this and it really bugs me. Apple released a microUSB to 30 pin connector for the European market. You can see it on the UK apple store. It fulfils the requirements, and they do NOT have to make an iPhone with microUSB. It's done, it's over, can everyone remember that and move on.

        Yep this is it here: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/10/04/apple-unveils-dock-to-micro-usb-adapter-to-comply-with-eu-standa/

        Although, I do need to say that not actually packaging it in with the phone and offering it seperately from their store is still a bit of a dick move from Apple. Yes, they are technically in compliance with the regulations, but to me it's not "standard" if you need to purchase a separate adapter. "Standard" should be what comes in the box.

    You have to think that this is a pretty brave move. Given that Apple is no longer the sales leader, they have to be risking having 3rd party providers of speaker docks and the like deciding to go with a generic micro-USB dock instead. It would certainly give users with a current dockable peripheral a reason to start looking at the competition.

      It will probably increase sales in adapters more than anything. I already have an Apple dock to 3.5mm jack to plug my non-iphone into my car.

        I simply refuse to even consider any product with an iPhone/iPod dock. Why should I pay extra for something that includes a lump of ugly I don't need?

          I refuse to even be in the same ROOM as an apple product. I refuse even to LOOK at them! :p

          ...but, I'll gladly come into every Apple related article on Gizmodo and tell everyone how much I hate them. It's the only logical thing to do!

            Won't be in the same room as an Apple product? That's got to be tough.

              I was unsuccessfully using sarcasm. I'm a happy Apple (and other brands) user. Looks like that backfired on me! (And yes it would be tough haha)

    Argh, earphone ports on the bottom are bloody terrible.

      I disagree, I put some music on my work iPhone for the first time the other day and found it just plain wring putting my phone back in my pocket with the top facing up for the headphones. Unless I'm just used to it on my current personal phone, putting the phone in my pocket top down makes much more sense for retrieving said phone.

      Having used both for years, it is clear to me that top headphone socket is far inferior.

        Also having used both over the years, as well as side-mounted jacks, I really couldn't care less. If that's the biggest problem you have in choosing a phone, then you really don't have too much to worry about.

    Ugh.

    Hey suckers, time to buy new $30 cables...

      Connecting something via a cable is not in the same league as having it secured in a dock, especially for bedside alarm clock type things.

        STOP TROLLING

    Er, my iPod touch has a 30 pin connector and the headphone jack on the bottom, so the logic here makes no sense.

    But I thought they were making a bigger iPhone? Anyway, do you really think Apple gives a hoot about whether people get upset? Fanboys will just follow and ditch all their gear for new stuff. Others will complain but will just follow suit. Apple isn't going to lose any sleep over this.

    Dock connecter size most probably reduced to increase room for additional components. If the iPhone can use 19 pins instead of 30 for the same purpose isn't that a good thing. Funny how no one cared before Apple was a multibillion dollar company, now they change a dock connector and the world falls appart. Sad.

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