New iPhone May Sport Smaller Connector, Block some Accessories

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Rumors say the next iPhone drops the 30-pin dock connectorNew rumors are claiming that when Apple ships its next iPhone models the traditional 30-pin dock connector will be replaced with a smaller 19-pin connector. That new connector may include new technology, too, that blocks accessories that haven’t been approved by Apple.

According to TechCrunch, the new port will be similar to Thunderbolt, but with a different pinout. The publication also said it received information from three sources confirming the new dock port size.

Adding to the rumor, tech pundit Robert Scoble claimed his sources said the new port will make it “nearly impossible to make unlicensed devices.” He added that the new connector will be magnetic, just like the MacBook Pro MagSafe charger.

Apple hasn’t commented on what it has planned for the next generation iPhone, so for now we’re treating these reports as nothing more than rumors.

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Whatever happened to the Micro-USB standardization that Apple and others signed onto in 2010?

Lee Dronick

Sigh, I hope not, I would hate to have my docks and cables become obsolete so soon. Probably inevitable and the new connector will allow some good things, but still…

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The problem here is that people just aren’t aware of the dangers of unapproved accessories. There was a guy locally who used an unapproved accessory with his iPhone 4S and ended up with hemorrhoids and literally could not sit down for more than 5 minutes at a time. Disadvantaged kids suffer disproportionally from these dangers. A 15 year old boy just south of us was using an unapproved accessory and started getting explicit MMS messages from a 23 year old blonde bikini model who had been a substitute teacher for his math class.

I’m glad to see Apple taking the lead in the fight to keep all accessories approved. It will probably save many precious lives.


No new technology is required to prevent unlicensed devices. Apple already has an authentication coprocessor that they can force any accessory to have. Popular Mechanics had an article on it back in 2008, though nobody will get any manufacturers to speak on the record.


Really? You’re using SCOBLE as a source for a story?

I get more accuracy and reliable information from the koala who lives in the tree next to my house - and he spends 95% of his time stoned on eucalyptus leaves.


My most expensive iPhone accessory is a 5-series BMW with iPod integration and apps.

My iPhone 4 works fine with it (*). If iPhone 5 does not then there would be serious unhappiness.

(*) iPod Classic has non-trivial issues with (at least) 2012 5-series. It locks up once each week or more, and other issues. There is certainly a car problem, and also an iPod problem. Does anyone know of a forum for this issue?

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