Could This Be Apple's New Miniature Dock Connector?

With Apple's iPhone 5 announcement coming up in just a matter of weeks, the rumors and leaks continue to flow in. The latest of the alleged iPhone 5 leaks are a set of photos from Nowherelse.fr, detailing Apple's rumored miniature dock connector. According to the site, the connector features a 16 pin connection with 8 pins located on each side of the connector.Although many of the circulating rumors point towards a smaller dock connector in place of Apple's signature 30-pin connector, there have been contradicting accounts to the exact number of pins. Regardless, it's probably safe to say that you'll be needing a whole new set of accessories if the purported change turns out to be true.

We can definitely see the appeal in having a smaller connector, seeing as how Apple's 30-pin connector is several times larger than the micro-usb connectors of its  Android competitors. On the other hand, if you have an older iPhone or an iPod, there'll be an entire new set of car chargers, usb cables and docks you'd have to buy. Perhaps Apple hopes to push for more Apple branded accessory sales? We'll just have to wait until September to find out.

 

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  • winie
    huskerI believe Apple wants it to be smaller and require less internal device space to allow for slimmer devices. It also may have different power requirements to facilitate faster charging times. Just a guess on my part.

    my galaxy s2 has hdmi over usb (mhl), audio over usb, usb host support and remote control.
    you dont need more pins with micro usb cause you can change functionality pins by changing resistance between pin 4 and ground
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  • g00fysmiley
    why not just use a frickin usb 3.0 cable... srsly why be difficult it isn't like aftermarket makers aren't just going to make stuff work with it... oh right the royalties on using thier special connectors... god i hate how apple does buisness
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  • fyend
    Stop with the proprietary crap. There is no need for it in this case. USB seems to work for everyone else, but that would cut into your selling overpriced cables and chargers I guess.
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  • g00fysmiley
    why not just use a frickin usb 3.0 cable... srsly why be difficult it isn't like aftermarket makers aren't just going to make stuff work with it... oh right the royalties on using thier special connectors... god i hate how apple does buisness
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  • fyend
    Stop with the proprietary crap. There is no need for it in this case. USB seems to work for everyone else, but that would cut into your selling overpriced cables and chargers I guess.
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  • vant
    The dock connector has much more capability than a USB cable.

    For example: Video out. Many phone manufacturers either use mini HDMI + mini USB, or they just don't support it.
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