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Reuters: Next iPhone to Have Smaller Dock Connector to Make Room for Headphone Jack

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Looks like a smaller dock connector for the next generation ‘iPhone 5’ is coming, according to a report from Reuters, that also seems to confirm the long rumoured story of the headphone jack moving to the bottom of the next iPhone:

The iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

We previously first heard of a smaller dock connector via reports from iMore in February, and thus ‘confirmed’ via TechCrunch. Reuters goes on to report the change would bring new opportunities for accessory makers, but at the same time disappoint existing users that have purchased accessories made for the old port. A smaller port means a myriad of options for Apple, allowing for possibly a thinner design or even better speakers to be implemented.

Below are renders of the rumoured ‘iPhone 5’ based on rumours of the smaller dock connector and moved headphone jack:

Here is a hands on video of a purported iPhone 5 metal shell being compared with the existing iPhone 4S:

As for the smaller dock connector, one would assume it could be Apple’s own proprietary connector, or maybe even a Thunderbolt port, known for significantly faster transfer speeds than USB 2.

Will the change into a smaller port affect your existing Apple accessories?

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  • einsteinbqat

    I don’t like the the headphone jack at the bottom! As for the dock connector, well… shit happens? LOL 

  • I’m thinking both changes for the dock and headphone jack are most likely due to concessions needed for the next design, which probably will be amazing. Either way, not matter what people say…we’re still going to buy one.

  • FragilityG4

    I like the earphone jack on the bottom as I, like most, place my phone in my pocket upside down face in.

  • Christina

    the smaller port is going to be a pain in the rear for many who will require new docking stations, or have stereos with built in docking stations….. **le sigh** hopefully an attachment will come out allowing users to “convert” the new port to the old, bigger one…… know what I mean?!

  • Frankie

    I hope the adapter comes with the phone. I hate to have to spend more money to convers all my docks, speakers, TV out and… This maybe a point to consider other more versatile platforms.

  • I am almost certain that this is a part for a chinese knockoff. Since there is no separate “backplate”, the back should not only contain the Apple “logo” and the name “iPhone” but also some regulatory text on the back as well. So that is missing. Also, the “iPhone” is in the wrong font and the wrong kerning.

    There may indeed be a new iPhone 5 with a taller display coming out but I doubt it will have a new dock. The idea that they shrunk it just to move the earphone jack seems suspect to me.

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