Not long ago, we passed along a study claiming that Apple was trying to ditch the 19-pin dock connector with something smaller. It was said that users could expect the new port very soon this year.
After that, we’ve seen numerous purported iPhone 5 component leaks that include a significantly smaller charging port at the bottom. Recently, TechCrunch confirmed the actual modification.
"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-in port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surly send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.
The new port, partially shown in this Mobilefun post as well as in this video, is similar in size to the Thunderbolt port available on many MacBook devices, but I've been told by three independent manufacturers that the pin-out will be different."
Just to mention that TechCrunch is known by a fairly accurate track record in the rumor business associated with Apple. Right before Apple’s WWDC event in the previous week, the site leaked some information regarding iOS 6. The 19-pin port is similar-in-size to Thunderbolt, as you can see on the video below.
It seems like Apple is introducing this change mostly because of size constraints. Some new rumors state that, it’s attempting to squeeze a bigger display, nano-SIM, and LTE support into its next iPhone generation, along with 20% thinner body.
|iPhone 5 with 19-inch connector|
It’ll be interesting to observe the consumer’s reaction to the smaller port, as it can make millions of iPhone accessories obsolete. On the other hand, this happens constantly in the mobile phone game, as design and technology continuously evolve.
What’s your opinion about this?