Report Claims Smaller Dock Connector for Next iPhone

Rumors say the 30-pin iPhone dock connector is outRumors have been circulating that Apple is abandoning the familiar 30-pin dock connector on the next iPhone in favor of a smaller interface, and now Reuters says its sources are backing that up. New the dock connector will apparently include only 19 pins, which will free up space on the iPhone’s edge, but will also leave current iPhone owners that upgrade with handfulls of accessories that aren’t compatible.

According to the Reuters sources, Apple plans to use that extra space to move the headphone jack from the top of the iPhone to the bottom, just like the iPod touch. Assuming the reports are correct, upgrading iPhone owners won’t be able to use their current cases, either.

Rumors also claim the next iPhone model will include a larger screen, LTE wireless network support, and a faster processor. Apple hasn’t commented on its plans for the next iPhone update.