iPhone 5’s Dock Connector Smaller Than Expected With A Metal Ring Inside? [PHOTO]

While rumours of upcoming iPhone 5 to introduce a 19-pin dock connector or an 8-pin dock connector have been floating around for a good number of months now, a new publication by French site Nowehereelse.fr reveals a new photo [Google translation] showing that the connector itself will be even smaller than originally thought with a metal ring inside the casing cutout for the new dock connector (via MacRumors). Yesterday, 9to5Mac also reported on a reference to “9Pin” in a section of iOS 6 code addressing core hardware features but regardless of the exact number of dock connector pins, it does look quite tiny in the newly leaked photo.

According to the source:

The purpose of the ring is currently unknown, but some have been hoping that Apple’s new dock connector will include an attachment mechanism similar to the MagSafe standard used on the company’s notebook computers. A MagSafe-like dock connector could allow users to insert the cable in either orientation.

But other details on the new dock connector have remained unclear, with various sources reporting different numbers of pins for the new connector compared to the current 30-pin design.

I would personally love to see a MagSafe-like connector as it gets much easier for the cables to simply snap into place. What do you think?

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  • K3

    Having a 2007 mac- can’t help but wonder what the other side of this new connector looks like…..

  • FragilityG4

    How about how much wider the iPhone 5 looks like when all reports have been saying same width … Just goes to show nothing is confirmed until Apple says it is!

  • K3

    the 4s has a slight blur so assuming both models are actually lined up on the opposite side what is being shown in the picture is the extra length in perspective.

  • FragilityG4

    I was referring to the width not the thickness.

  • K3

    got that the first time by “how about how much wider the iPhone 5 looks”.

  • baitbus

    if this is the actual photo, i have a bad feeling about the dock connector.

  • FragilityG4

    I just put two iPhone 4’s together and at every angle I was not able to reproduce that “prespective”effect. There clearly is a difference in widths.

  • K3

    yes you’re right, I am so wrong….

  • K3

    given both those phones have the opposite side flat on the table which model would have the side facing us closest to the camera?

  • FragilityG4

    That would have no bearing on the width (left to right) I’m not talking the thickness which is rumoured to be thinner than the 4S or the length which which is rumoured to be longer … I’m talking about width left to right.

  • Christopher Jones

    Yupp, it’s definitely perspective. A camera lens sees things or can emphasize things that you wouldn’t normally notice with the naked eye. The 6th gen iPhone is just sticking out further. Good eye though, I didn’t actually notice that until you mentioned it.

  • FragilityG4

    My original post was in regards to the width left to right not the thickness or up and down. There’s no illusion of perspective left to right.

  • Christopher Jones

    I understand what your original post was in regards to, there is no need of defining it. If the 6th gen iPhone is taller, and if the person in the picture is holding both phones where the top of the phone lines up, then the new iPhone would obviously extend past the 5th gen iPhone, thus, if the camera angle is correct, it can appear wider. Look at the fingers of the hand holding the phone, you can obviously see the perspective and the edges of the back of the phone. There is definitely some force-perspective going on here, and looking at the fingers of the hand reveals that. The 6th gen iPhone is not as wide as it may have appeared to be at first glance.

  • FragilityG4

    I have no idea what vanishing point or horizon line you guys are using but it is incorrect. I put two phones together and they were the same size at every angle. The length/thickness have no baring on the appearance of the width both true and optical. Try it yourself. This conversation is moot at best since there’s no guarantee any of these images are accurate. My original post was to outline how nothing is confirmed until Apple says it is since one of the writers on this site is pretty cavalier with the word confirmed.

  • Christopher Jones

    I have tried it myself, and I am quite familiar with the angles that can be produced by a camera’s lens. You can clearly see the phone really diminishes the further it is from the camera, plus again, a camera lens can capture things that your eye may not notice. It’s an optical illusion. Have you heard of those before?

    Plus, the word “confirmed” was never even mentioned in this writeup, the writer even went as far as to point out how many different rumours there are with the amount of pins. You’re right, nothing is confirmed, but remember when the iPhone 4 was leaked? It was a big deal, and Apple even admitted to it.

  • FragilityG4

    This is going in circles. The length has nothing to do with the width. The two bottoms are flush beside each other and the 4S is at least three mm smaller on the width. I know confirmed was not used in this article but this writer has used it many times before and like I said I was proving a point.