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Does A New Job Listing Hint At Apple Replacing Its iDevice Dock Connector?

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A new job listing at Apple is looking for a “Connector Design Engineer”. The listing suggests that the company may be looking to redesign the dock connector found on iDevices.

The job listing indicates that the candidate will be “responsible for managing multiple connector designs and developments in support of the iPod product lines.” The listing further indicates that the job will “involve adaptation of existing connectors or complete new designs.”

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Apple's dock connector has been used since 2003, where it debuted in the third generation iPod.

Such a job could confirm longtime rumors that Apple may reduce the size of its 30-pin dock connector to something smaller. A smaller connector is expected to debut in the next iPhone later this fall.

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The decision to reduce the size of the dock connector is a design one, as the extra space may enable Apple to make devices even thinner.

[via TechCrunch]

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  • Vikram662

    Only bad side is that all existing third party connectors will be useless 🙁

  • I have an extension adapter for the current connector that allows me to use my case AND connect my iPhone. If Apple themselves don’t make an adapter, I bet a whole lot that 3rd parties will.

  • Jfmartel

    Why Apple refuse the micro usb like the Android use…

  • My2Cents

    Maybe bigger speakers! Finally! Hopefully they make a better phone hardware to make the overall media experience better!

  • RoxEroX

    shouldn’t it be “Proprietary Interface Engineer” – Major responsibility: lock-in customers, increase company profits through extortionate pricing on accessories ……… etc.

  • ????Dennis

    I’m with you on that one! The speakers now are useless… My Sony Rokr had a better set of speakers back in the day.

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