Apple job offering suggests 30-pin connector is indeed getting replaced

Apple job offering suggests 30-pin connector is indeed getting replaced
Rumors about a redesigned dock connector being introduced with the next iPhone iteration have been circulating the web for months. Furthermore, with each new iPhone leak, the probability of this actually being true rises exponentially, and the latest evidence pointing at that direction comes straight from Apple.

Apparently, the company is in need of a "Connector Design Engineer", judging by a job offer that is currently posted on Apple's web page. In particular, "The Connector Design Engineer will be responsible for managing multiple connector designs and developments in support of the iPod product lines."

Now, just because only the iPod is being mentioned in the offer, that doesn't mean that the new connector design won't make its way to other portable devices, such as the iPhone and the iPad. With the exception of the shuffle, all current iPods use a 30-pin connector, just like the iPhone and the iPad, and it seems logical for Apple to offer the same input/output interface across its entire iLineup.

A new, smaller connector would free up room inside of the gadget, thus allowing more essential stuff to be thrown in there: new chips, or a bigger battery, for example. Why can't the folks at Apple just use an ordinary microUSB connector? Well, perhaps they can, but if they do, that would just go against the company's style of doing things their own way.

Of course, all of the above is pure speculation. For now, pretty much nobody out of Apple headquarters can tell for sure what connector will be used for the next iPhone. 

source: Apple via Gizmodo

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18 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yet another example of doubling down on secrecy....

3. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

this is super open and very straight forward message to us

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Is this your new auto troll message?

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

LLead on Apple

4. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

It is my understanding that Europe has enforced a standard for micro-USB for cell phones. Apple has agreed to this standard as far as I understand also. Now, Apple could/may get away with it via a Apple-to-MicroUSB adapter too if Apple insists on a custom adapter.

14. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The Fcc past a similar law in USa about using micro usb adapters for all cell devices saying that having all the diferent charges is just adding to our land fills. Thats why you see everyone using micro now and and whenever apple releases a new device they pay a fine for not using the right plugs. they dont care since they over charge for home and car charges to begin with now being they need that for there phones they make it up in the end

5. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

hmm, heres a design, why doesnt apple just go with the way of the world and use the same USB everyone else does?

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

My thoughts exactly. Everyone else has gone to this, even Samsung after a few phones popped up with their oddball 30+ pin connector when everyone else had gone to micro USB connectors. A couple of HTC phones (Droid Incredible & Rezound) have a modified micro USB, but they work with standard cables. If they did something like that there wouldn't be an issue. You could charge or transfer data with a standard cable, and then have a cable with a modified end that would allow you to output video like the HTC phones do. It would be nice if you didn't have your OEM cable with and could use any standard micro USB cable to charge your phone or transfer data, those cables are everywhere (computers, media players, regular & smartphones, etc.).

11. guosheng

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Well, it's dead simple: Apple cable $24.99, Standard cable $2.

7. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i would like to see a micro-USB and and hdmi out on the next iphone. a lot of newer phones have both.

8. Eraser112

Posts: 10; Member since: May 29, 2012

The iPod Nano has a 30-pin Connector, I think you mean the iPod Shuffle - that´s the one that hasen´t one.

18. Nick_T

Posts: 186; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yup, thanks for the heads up.

9. ApphoIe

Posts: 78; Member since: May 31, 2012

LMAO at the people whose houses are decked out with sh*t to connect their iphone to. Looks like they won the apple game, and have to buy all new istuff to connect their new, slightly improved iphone to. Hilarious!

12. stealthd unregistered

I guess anyone who bought anything before micro USB was a moron then?

13. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

If they do make it smaller they had better include some sort of adaptor to make it work with older docks and not make it a separate accessory for £30!

15. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

knowiong apple itll be closer to 50

16. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Didnt some Walkman phones come with a WM port connector?

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'd prefer MICRO USB over THE DOCKING any day.

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