Apple’s new 9-pin dock connector might be called ‘Lightning’, new earbuds called ‘Earpod’

Apple’s new 9-pin dock connector might be called ‘Lightning’, new earbuds called ‘Earpod’
Are you ready, folks? Today is the big day when Apple introduces its new iPhone said to be the biggest redefinition the iPhone lineup has ever seen, but along with the big new improvements like a rumored larger screen and LTE, the sixth-generation iPhone will feature a brand new 9-pin dock connector.

Given Apple’s obsessions with catchy marketing tactics, we expect this connector to be called “Lightning,” just as it is referred to internally. It does make sense not only because of the grandeur of the word, but also because the Lightning connector would go along pretty good with the Thunderbolt connector for Macs.

Of course, you’d expect a speed boost with the “Lightning” port, and that should also come. With USB 3 support on new Macs the new connector should be compatible with those higher speeds. The new cables are expected to cost around $10 apiece. Interestingly, there should be a couple of versions of a new dock adapter as well.

Another piece of the iPhone puzzle that’s just been found is about the new earbuds that will come with the iPhone. We’ve already seen them leak out and they look very different and far from ordinary. Apple is said to name them “Earpods” and sell them for $29 in the States. We’d guess they will be bundled with iPhone and iPods but for absolute certainty, we’d need to wait a few more hours.

It’s coming, folks, we’ll be covering all things iPhone and Apple all day with the big event kicking off at 10:00 PCT.

source: 9to5Mac

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34 Comments

2. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

Lightning? Why not thunder? Lame names...

14. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Fancy names... I woder what will happen if we pass a REAL thunderbolt through a Thunderbolt port, and a real lightning bolt through this skinny 'Lightning'?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As an android user anything apple says, or does will b lame to u. I bet if they called to offer u a Job though you'd b there front, and center with your blue shirt on. So stop hating.

19. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Me and andoid user? Heck, look at my profile pic man... BTW I don't hate Android or Apple, just got amused to see those marketing strategies.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30973; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

ok... Just an apple basher then?

29. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

if anyone says anything slightly negative about apple there branded fandroids and apple haters .....in fact maybe people just have had enough of apples ridiculous patents and suing, plus the fact they bring the same phone out everytime with minor tweaks and shiny gimmicks. if you cant handle negative comments towards apple then dont come on here. android users get worse of ifans with there flimsy arguements and nokia well they get so much hate its unreal

31. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

No, actually I am an inventor who's scared of apple patents and so was hiding my identity!! Grow up man... I'm not arguing.

20. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well true, what kinda funny name is that? And looks ugly aswell, even Sony Beats and others looks nice!

3. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

I wonder how long it will take samsung to copy these.

10. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

You mean microUSB?

22. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Yes, a microUSB that's re-shaped into a 9 pin connector called S-Lightning.

25. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

that would be a step backwards for samsung. so im guessin even though the new iphone may have a bigger screen it isnt following samsung as ohh look there s3 has a bigger screen

28. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

yeah, yeah, yeah, i get it. Just because Samsung has the bigger screen first which makes Apple a copycat when it make its iphone screen bigger is exactly the same as Samsung copying Apple designs and ideas so that Samsung's product can look like an Apple product.

30. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

the s3 looks nothing like the iphone but yeah thats how it works in apples head right, so samsung should sue for the bigger screen again its more solid then what apple patent ..rounded corners ...what a joke just face facts apples playing catch up, ifans slated the s3 for been too big and sayinh things like 'you dont need a big screen' bet now they'll be like 'omg this is innovation iphone is the irst to do this'

11. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

already done i think. samsung is just waiting to release their copied version at the right moment. meanwhile check the s-dock on samsung windows laptops

15. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

You Sir are a moron. Enough said.

4. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

DC Comics, if this turns out to be true, sue them later for using the word 'Earpod', remember 'Batpod'?

17. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

so the word pod is patented or something?

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

And you forget, the letter: (i)...!

5. gunnroses

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

samsung will do their best to copy these products. 1000% guarantee :-)

16. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Such a Ifan, do you seriously believe because apple has money to patent PRIOR ART, that its theirs?

26. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

nope they wont because these are just gimmicky and pretty useless to them plus the main fact samsung doesnt copy every apple thing. its the other way round apple copy's and patents other peoples work them markets it to naive people who automatically believe apple came up with it and its the greatest thing in the world

6. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Hey Apple make those damn earphones comfortable in ear rather than that fancy design, all apple earphones are a pain to wear!! hope this one is not painful to wear!!

7. prototype

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Yes later you need to paid $50 for a cable because is call lighting

9. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yeah, and all apple loyal fans even some non fan will pay because of the design and the lightning name.. Apple's advertising and marketing at its best!!

12. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

and anti apple fans will buy this one i'm sure. the more you hate the more you love. see you guys on the iphone keynote

13. prototype

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Believe what you want but the so call "lighting" is just a copy version of micro usb cable with a fancy name just to make Apple fan paid more for a "cable".

23. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

"New" 9 pin connector. So did Apple have a earlier version of 9 pin connector?

24. groovycannon

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Why not "Shake" and "Bake"?

32. Droid66

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

apple always make big hype..haha even the ant become an elelphant...

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