Apple Working On A Smaller Dock Connector For iPhone 5?


An interesting report by iMore claims that Apple is looking to replace the current 30-pin dock connector used in all its iOS devices with a new smaller version for future iPhones and iPads. The source notes how Apple has been shrinking other components in their iOS devices over the years. Apple was one of the first to adopt the micro-SIM and has also proposed an even smaller SIM design so they could make even thinner devices. The source points out that a smaller dock connector will surely help Apple in designing smaller, thinner iPhones.

Quoting from the source:

Apple has also reduced the size of connectors in their Mac line, going to the PCI Express and Mini DisplayPort based Thunderbolt connector almost across the line (Mac Pro the lone holdout).

iOS devices probably can’t go Thunderbolt since they doesn’t use PCI Express architecture, but that doesn’t mean the dock port can’t get smaller, doing everything it still needs to do in a PC free world, and saving Apple precious space inside the iPhone 5 package.

The report clearly suggests that iPhone 5 might be Apple’s first iOS device to use the new dock connector.


  • Cfhjhf

    And change every acessories you have…

  • Voodoo_ca

    Wasnt there a recent development where a number of cell phone companies (including Apple) were going to join together to standardize the charging and connection ports on phones to reduce the “waste” of having different chargers/connectors?

  • Brad

    They would need an adapter so my iPhone integrated car will still work and my $525 dock will still work.

  • ThatGuy

    Apple will always be different. Perhaps every other phone will make a standardized port but if I know apple they will not change their port.

  • Anonymous

    Apple, RIM and Sony refused to agree.

  • Anonymous

     That is not true.
    In Europe, everyone has signed on to it, including Apple, RIM and Sony – i.e. the ability to use microUSB for charging.

    One caveat though, the agreement is only for charging , but not syncing.
    And Apply complies by selling a microUSB to iPhone connector adapter in UK…..
    [face palm]

  • Kraken

    Yup.  Apple doesn’t like the word ‘universal’.  They like to keep things proprietary so that they can capitalize on expensive adapters and exclusive products.

  • Um so this article talks about switching from regular sized iPhone connectors to smaller ones? Didn’t the newest iPhone 5 one with the smaller “thunderbolt” plug? Being a iPhone 4 gal I fail to see the bonus of upgrading and making my alarm clock, multiple emergency chargers AND other accessories obsolete.