Next iPhone will come with a smaller, 19-pin connector, reiterates Reuters

Next iPhone will come with a smaller, 19-pin connector, reiterates Reuters
That the new iPhone will supposedly have a redesigned dock connector is something that we've heard before, yet the sources of these rumors have always been of the dubious kind. Until now, that is, since Reuters is also claiming that a 19-pin dock connector will be used in the upcoming iPhone. Word, as always, comes from anonymous sources familiar with Apple's plans.

In order "to make room for the earphone [jack] moving to the bottom," the smaller, 19-pin connector will replace the all-familiar 30-pin one, that has been in use with Apple gadgets ever since the 3rd generation iPod hit the market. That is bad news for every future iPhone 5 owner who uses an accessory that relies on the 30-pin connector to work, like an iPhone speaker dock or an iPhone extended battery pack, for example. However, the change in iPhone design will be welcomed by every maker of iPhone accessories. Since the new model won't be compatible with older gear, users will have to look for new accessories for their new iPhone.

The question remains, however, whether Apple will make the 19-pin connector compatible with the microUSB standard. That isn't very likely, in our opinion, since the company likes doing things in its own special way. On the other hand, we are sure nobody would object if the new dock is made with USB 3.0 in mind, which would allow faster battery charging and speedy transfer of data between a computer and the iPhone.

The next iPhone iteration is expected to launch later this year, most likely during the fall season. Some of the changes over its predecessors are rumored to be its bigger, 4-inch display, slimmer body, and 4G LTE connectivity.

source: Reuters

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1. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

19 and so small... I Don't believe this! Maybe 10, but not 19

2. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I still don't understand the difference between the number of pins. Can you tell me?

3. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Apple innovations are Made in China, while millions of American people are jobless and homeless by American companies made oversea. American people should stop buying American products that Made in China.

8. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

I can understand what you say, but who could afford an apple product made in USA? Sorry, but it's how it works.

11. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

It would be the same price. Apple would just make less money. They overprice their garbage so high and that's why they make so much money.

15. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

right… lets penalize apple for making money…? -- this is a global economy and thats how things work… better to buy apple products which bring all of that cheap chinese labor money back to the USA, unlike samsung and others who use foreign work and drain money from the US economy and bring it back to asia

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shutup meg

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Even USB = 4-pin

5. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I can't get why they just don't want to go with micro USB ... its better for the consumer, but I guess apple Only cares about the money they'll get by selling this as an overcharged accessory.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True! I also have thinked about that.

7. Aeires unregistered

Cha-ching, get those cash registers ready as iOS users have to purchase a ton of adapters, especially those in car permanent 19 pin connectors. Hope Apple has one really good reason to be swapping out such a commonly standardized (for iOS) adapter.

9. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Of course they do...... $$$$$$$$$. Forget that the rest of the world agreed on the micro usb standard (which by the way Apple was part of the committee). I guess Apple wouldn’t be Apple if they did what was ethically right and did what would be best for the consumers.

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

How does it feel iFans? The 4th c**kslap by Apple. So now all you nice little speaker docks, all those extra cables you bought are practically useless unless you spend another fortune buying adaptors and converters. And for the new batch of idiots who can't afford the new iPhone and are going to get a pathetic iPhone 3GS & 4, how does it feel knowing that there will be no more cool accessories for you since all the new ones will be made for this stupid new connector?

12. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Who cares? Name another phone that has the same accessory support as the iPhone?

16. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh heavens now apple is being admonished for creating a smaller dock connector that will create a better phone? seriously? what next-- saying apple shouldnt create a new phone at all because maybe someone would feel like they need to upgrade?

19. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

he was talking about accessories in general, obviously

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no-- he was referring to the fact that an upgrade in the dock connector would be stupid solely because it is an upgrade and people would have to upgrade… yes it is a pain of technology, but it is completely biased and unfair to blame apple for trying to improve their phone may i reference "stupid new connector", "pathetic iphone 3gs & 4", and "new batch of idiots" (and he actually is quite stupid here by calling people idiots for not being rich) as prime examples of quotes that DO NOT pertain to accessories in general, obviously

22. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Welcome to PhoneArena Lucas777, where Apple can do no right. Strap in and get used to it I guess.

24. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no i have been here for somewhere between a year and a half to two years-- ive seen it go from "oh android is just as good as apple" to meanignless posts chastising apple for everything they do with no logic at all

23. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Apple is being admonished for not following industry standards when it comes to connectors. By using proprietary connectors, they ensure less compatibility with other devices unless you purchase certain accessories, which they will gladly sell to you because they earn money from it. This 19 pin connector is smaller than their previous 30 pin connector, but it is still larger and less versatile than the industry standard - micro USB. The only logical reason Apple does this? To maintain incompatibility and force users to buy extra products. It's also kind of nice to be able to have a single USB to Micro USB connector and be able to use that interchangeably with the various devices I have. It is convenient and cost effective. Apple is doing the opposite. That is why they are being admonished here.

25. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

yes, you are right, but that is extremely unlikely to happen so I will take the more realistic approach that it is better to have an upgraded proprietary connector than an old one… and hopefully the new one is faster (seems like it will be with usb 3.0/thunderbolt) i agree it would be great if apple, and more recently samsung and a few others, would follow the same standard, but ill take the best I can get

27. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well, there's no arguing with that Lucas. There's the ideal situation, and then there's the realistic situation. I think the only thing that bugs people who are speaking out against this is the fact that the ideal option is readily available - Apple just continues to dismiss it. This has to be frustrating from a user perspective. And you can bet Apple will go where the money is, so if their consumers cared enough to not accept all of this proprietary crap, they would adapt.

28. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well i am a somewhat apple user-- i am loyal to macs but i dont have a fanatic about any other product-- and it really isnt that much of an issue for me.. when i am not using an iphone, the phone i have always has the appropriate connector, and i have no other devices that use a micro-usb.. i am not saying proprietary is good as I would rather apple and everyone get a standard, but i dont think it is enough of an issue for most people and thats why people have not complained that much

13. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

another ifail.

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Here's Apple copying Samsung putting the headphone jack on the bottom, LOOK GUYS LOOK, APPLE IS COPYING SAMSUNG OMGICAN'TBELIE....

18. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

I just can't understand why seemingly normal and rational people would leave the comforts of their soft warm beds, and go out into the cold rain and hot sunshine to queue and struggle for these same-looking phones they already got. Is it just to flaunt it - (''oh look, I got it first!'' or, ''look! I'm cooler than you!!'') or what???? One fool sold his kidney just to get a soon-to-be-outdated iphone!!! Now I wonder what he would sell to get the new one with the new accessories. Apple should give it to him free.

21. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Honestly... I hope he sells his other kidney

26. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

maybe he'll sell the rest of that sponge of a brain he has.

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