We’ve long heard about the next generation ‘iPhone 5′ to have a smaller dock connector (via iMore). iLounge also earlier reported their sources noted a smaller 16-pin dock connector. Now, TechCrunch has boldly claimed they have ‘independently verified’ the next iPhone will come with a smaller 19-pin port:
Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem
Reference was made to the following image leaks seen on MobileFun and a former purported ‘hands on’ with the apparent iPhone 5 metal shell that also shows the smaller port.
What do you think? A new smaller port means the possibility for a thinner iPhone design, but at the cost of having all your third party cable and accessories to go the way of the dodo bird.