Up-close pics of new iPhone 9-pin dock connector, same size as micro-USB

Up-close pics of new iPhone 9-pin dock connector, same size as micro-USB
The rumored 9-pin connector Apple may begin using with the newest generation of iPhone appears to have the same dimensions as the familiar micro-USB. The newest pictures from French tech blog nowhereelse.fr show that there are actually 8 pins flush with the main metal plug which itself is the ninth point of contact.

The 8 pins are in the same position on both sides of the plug which indicates that the plug does not need to be oriented any specific way when inserting it in to the newest generation iPhone (unlike the current 30-pin or USB plugs with a tongue orientation to interface with the plug). It is not known if the same connector will make its way to the new iPod line.

These photos have not been confirmed to be the real deal, but they are consistent with previous images that have surfaced in the past.  Apple has sent invitations for a special event on September 12th, where many answers are expected, along with the anticipated announcement of the sixth generation iPhone.

sources: nowhereelse.fr via AppleInsider




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70 Comments

1. modernkoro

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

why don't apple use microusb like any other manufacturer?

3. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

*doesn't

4. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Best answer: Cuz its Apple

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

So they can sell $30 proprietary connectors (or adaptors) instead of adopting the international STANDARD like everyone else. I'm still surprised they gave in to USB for the mac line and didn't try to keep FireWire going. Then again, they're getting to the point of having almost no ports anymore, except DisplayPort which doesn't have enough peripherals out to justify its existence

15. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

$30? You wish, more like $50

37. MeoCao unregistered

"why don't apple use microusb like any other manufacturer" B-c this a key to Apple's closed garden.

52. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LOL!!

6. PhoneBug

Posts: 14; Member since: May 29, 2012

Proprietary accessories maximize profit, especially now that Apple will not allow third party manufacturers to sell them.

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Patented designs as usual with rounded corners here also :D

30. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

try telling that to the chinese :D

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

same thoughts here. :))

9. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Apple fans wont buy it if they make it micro USB, ifans love being exclusive from what i've seen

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

How do they eat iMEALS? lol....

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I think they convince themselves to feel that way (or apple does somehow) so they don't feel like complete fools spending $30 on adaptors and cables that should cost under $5

19. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

because it may be some what better or dsnt want to be in any lawsuit.

47. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's an international standard, so I couldn't imagine there being any lawsuit. As for better, there is that possibility, as this seems to have more total pins, but, if as the article stated, only one side works at a time, then there's no advantage other than not having to worry about plug orientation, which I do somewhat understand as it's kind of an annoyance as manufacturers have different up/down orientations of their MicroUSB ports, even within the same compnay (i.e, my Nokia C7 and 701's USB port's "up" is towards the face of the phone, as was my Sensation 4G, but my Lumia 900 has the "up" towards the back of the phone, which I dislike but isn't a major problem), and the plug isn't so severely different to differentiate between one side or the other in the dark (i.e. charging phone overnight). That said, this doesn't appear to have any strong measure for securing the plug to the device when plugged in, the way that MicroUSB does with the little divot-like prongs that keep the plug securely attached until a fair amount of pulling force is exerted on it. I can (but don't) pick up any of my phones by the attached MicroUSB cable and they can stay attached. I don't recommend doing that, but it's a possibility. This apple plug (if real) doesn't seem to have that capability

56. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

it might be a mag-safe connector...as far as i know, apple considers even the finest of details so they might have a way to keep it in place. who knows? apple might have actually "innovated" something new for a change to hold it in...

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

To be honest, I think its a smart move not to use the micro-usb like the other manufacturers. The second they move to the micro-usb is the second they open the door for iPhone specific accessories (stereos/music players, alarm clocks, medical devices, etc) to work with any and every device in the market. I could be wrong, but I don't think its about making money. I think it's more about keeping iPhone-specific accessories iPhone specific.

58. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"I could be wrong, but I don't think its about making money." You are wrong. Apple, a half Trillion Dollar Company, is about making money. End of story.

61. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well when it comes down to it, that's the goal of any business right? Let's try real hard not to forget that, ok? But as for decreasing the size of the connector and the SIM card slot, I don't think making direct profit from the changes is their primary goal. I think they want to make the device thinner and smaller, making the iPhone more appealing, which means selling more units, and then making more money.

64. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten that at all. And, I'm 100% ok with companies making money for profit...as much as they possibly can. However, I believe that is the complete intention of making proprietary parts. If the ports are the same size, your argument about space or saving space is moot. There is no reason to not change the port to micro USB, other thank making money (and helping accessory manufacturers make hand over fist). I don't have a problem with them going this routes, but people need to see it for what it is... Making more $$$.

67. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't know what happens in Apple head quarters, so you could be right.... and you could also be wrong. From a business standpoint, adopting the micro USB port would be the stupidest move in the world. There are so many 3rd party companies that build accessories exclusively for the iPhone/iPad (and from my understanding, Apple doesn't make any money from them if its bought outside their website). The moment they announce the micro USB will be the moment that exclusivity vanishes. They already have a very strong ecosystem of iPhone/iPad/iPod accessories, so why would they even think about giving that up?

34. x88yunkw

Posts: 132; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

becoz of $

39. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Do not wory, if Apple is going to sell iPhone 5 in EU countries then they have to give customer a free micro USB / Dock adapter for free. because of European Union standards for smartphone chargers.

40. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

but i like the idea "The 8 pins are in the same position on both sides of the plug which indicates that the plug does not need to be oriented any specific way when inserting it in to the newest generation iPhone".

44. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Because Apple knows iPhone users will pay for new cables, adapters, accessories and boom boxes. Apple is not Amazon. Apple operates on a hardware profit model.

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yesterday's technology at tomorrow's price ... that's Apple now.

13. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Way to screw over all of your current customers. Sadly enough they won't care they'll just buy new accessories anyways without noticing Apple's real motivation.

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The iPhone out of the box comes with the USB cable and the power adaptor, which is everything you need. And does Apple even make money from 3rd party accessories? I think Apple's "real motivation" is to make the device thinner and its parts smaller. I think this should have been done a long time ago so I don't really get why we're all complaining. Oh right, this is Apple-related, nvm.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Making money is apple only intention. Current micro USB is smaller then what we are seeing on the pic so it better be faster or else its just another of apple money grabbing scheme.

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