Apple Reportedly Moving to Smaller iOS “Micro-Dock”

| Rumor

Apple is reportedly in the proves of ditching its current “Dock” connector for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in favor of a smaller “Micro Dock,” thought not necessarily under that name. The intent of the move, according to iMore, is to save space inside future devices to make more room for more critical components.

The site didn’t name or describe its sources, but said its rumor appeared to be attached to the next iPhone, rather than the next iPad that is expected to be announced in March. We also weren’t offered details on exactly what form or technology will be used for the new connector

Apple's Current Dock Connector

Apple’s Current Dock Connector
Source: iMore

As illustrated by the image above, the Dock Connector is substantial, and it hasn’t changed much since the original iPhone was released. A smaller connector would give Apple more room in its quest towards making its iOS devices smaller while offering increased battery life.

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6 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

I wonder if this rumor is coming out of that European ruling about standard chargers for phones.

I need to go count the number “docks” I have. Some of them are FireWire and already need an adaptor for new devices.

Shawn King

I wonder if this rumor is coming out of that European ruling about standard chargers for phones.

No - it’s coming out of nothing more substantial than the originating rumor site saying, “We?ve heard that Apple is getting ready to…”

Thin evidence for the Mac Web to lose their collective minds over this lame rumor but also completely typical of the Mac Web.

BurmaYank

“I wonder if this rumor is coming out of that European ruling about standard chargers for phones.”

I hadn’t heard about that.  I wish the Europeans would not stop there adopting merely standardized phone chargers, but would continue on with Martha Stewart standard chargers.

BurmaYank

“Apple is reportedly in the proves of ditching its current…”

Bryan, your apparent spellchecker error (uncorrected “v” instead of a “c”, resulting in your probable final double “s” being misreplaced by a single one) serendipitously provided us with a fairly good slangy new synonym for (improvement) “process.

KitsuneStudios

Not necessarily, Lee. Apple already has a MicroUSB-to-Dock adaptor that meets the requirements. Given how small the MicroUSB port is, it might just kill two birds with one stone.

Lee Dronick

Not necessarily, Lee. Apple already has a MicroUSB-to-Dock adaptor that meets the requirements. Given how small the MicroUSB port is, it might just kill two birds with one stone.

I wasn’t thinking that Apple was going to change their dock because of the European ruling. Just that it could be the source of the rumor.

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