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iPhone 5 might get a smaller dock connector

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iPhone 5 might get a smaller dock connector
Okay, the following is nothing but a rumor right now, so taking it with a grain of salt is highly advisable. It is said that future iPhone, iPad, and iPod models may get a redesigned dock connector, which will be smaller than the current one. The so-called “micro dock” will not be present on the iPad 3, but will very likely make its way to the iPhone 5 (or whatever these two devices end up being called) according to the sources.

While a redesigned dock connector will inevitably render a whole plethora of iPhone and iPad accessories incompatible with newer models, it will allow for more valuable space to be freed up inside of them. And that extra space is always more than welcome as it allows for more chips, larger camera sensors, and bigger batteries to be fitted without changing the overall dimensions of the device. That is the reason why Apple ditched the Mini-SIM card replacing it with a Micro-SIM card on the iPhone 4, and took the smartphone's antennas on the outside, instead of keeping them on the inside. 

What interface the new dock will be using is not exactly clear, but it could be designed with USB 3.0 in mind, which would allow faster data transfer and faster battery charging. Seeing an implementation of the Thunderbolt interface is not likely, however, even though we have seen patents pointing at such a possibility. That is because iOS devices currently do not use the required architecture. 

source: iMore via Electronista

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posted on 24 Feb 2012, 03:21 6

1. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The antenna argument isn't entirely true. I recall Apple claiming that the external antenna was supposed to give the iPhone better reception.

And if Apple would just switch to micro USB everything would be cool.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 03:33 6

2. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


But switching to mico USB would mean that it would be compatible with other companies' equipment, and Apple doesn't like that...

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:07 1

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


you mean apple, the company with more 3rd party accessories than any other phone maker in the history of the world?

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:33

6. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Accessories and equipment are 2 different things, and I'm not just talking about Apple products being able to use other companies equipment, I also mean other companies devices being able to use these 3rd party equipment made for iCraps.

Apple wants to monopolize such that the 3rd party equipment (speaker docks, etc) are only compatible with their crap, so they can use it as a selling point.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 10:00

8. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Apple will use a micro dock of its own design rather than a micro usb port which incidently is the legal standard in Europe but apple still avoids it.

The simple reason of changing the dock is for apple to get more money from its ifans as all previous car chargers etc will be useless with the new phone

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 07:40

3. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


This is mind-blowing...

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 07:59

4. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If I remember Apple was a part of group of companies that were pushing for the standardization the micro USB port on all cell phones. This makes sense.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:49

7. fastarelli (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


All iPads and iPhones should have the same MagSafe connector that is on the MacBook Pro. Easy, non-invasive, and small. No w that would be awesome!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 11:46

9. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


just switch to micro usb so my girl can charge her phone im my car without me having 2 car chargers

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:48

10. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


SO FRUSTRATING just make it all one type geeez!!!

posted on 25 Feb 2012, 12:40

11. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


There may be therapy sessions due to this, of those who worship a brand.

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