The upcoming iPhone, which could be called the iPhone 5, is expected to have a 19-pin dock connector instead of the 30-pin connector found on the iPhone and iPad. This rumor had been circulating for months, with images of the alleged new iPhone design floating around as well as reports from various websites like iMore and iLounge. Apple, as always, has not confirmed or denied it. Recently, however, the speculation was given some credence when a report about it was published by Reuters.
The presence of the new smaller dock connector implies that users would not be able to connect older accessories that were supported by the connector on the new iPhone. Among these are speakers and chargers that also work with the iPad and iPod since these devices share the same kind of connector.
For manufacturers of accessories, this means good news as the likelihood that Apple users will buy new gadgets for their iPhone increases with the introduction of the dock connector.
On the other hand, Apple users might be turned off by the added expenses that will cost them. Fortunately, a rumor is going around that Apple would be offering an adapter that will help the users slowly transition to the new dock connector. At this point, it is unknown whether this adapter will come with the new iPhone or be sold separately.
For those who are in the market for a new phone, however, this might be one deciding factor on whether they will choose an iPhone over an Android-based device.
Many Apple fans, however, are known to be loyalists, so many will probably stick with the brand even as it implements changes like these.
Apple is believed to have opted for reducing the size of the connector since the smaller one is more efficient in terms of power. The smaller-sized connector will allow Apple to explore possibilities in redesigning their mobile devices, creating smaller products, or including a larger battery.