One of the most extensive rumors we’ve reported during this past spring and summer pointed to the ‘iPhone 5’ having a smaller dock connector. We’ve heard rumors on both a 19-pin dock connector and 8-pin dock connector. Since the initial rumor was started during Feburary, every purported iPhone featured that mini connector.
Although we’ve seen photos and text ‘proof’ of this dock connector, we haven’t seen genuine proof from Apple. But 9To5Mac has just pointed to a 9-pin dock connector reference within the coding of iOS 6. They’re assuming the iOS hardware reference “DeviceSupports9Pin” refers to a 9-pin dock connector.
9To5Mac details the finding:
In fact, it appears that the reference has been present since beta 1. This reference comes in a part of the operating system that details general hardware features in iOS devices.
This reference was found to be included in Apple’s full product lineup. If everything pans out then we could see the new mini-connector during the iPhone release in September.
Although the reference sounds promising, we can’t verify fully whether the coding indeed references to the dock connector. The good thing is we are just over a month away from the claimed keynote event.