Alleged Photos of Apple's New Dock Connector

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    French site Nowherelse.fr is continuing its string of parts leaks surrounding the next iPhone, sharing photos [Google translation] of what it has been told is the dock connector for the cable to be paired with the next-generation iPhone. The connector portion of the cable is shown next to the USB end of the cable, giving an idea of the size of the new connector.

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    The site notes that it can not confirm the validity of the images, but they do appear to show some features that could be consistent with what has been claimed about the new smaller dock connector. The connector shown in the images is considerably smaller that the existing dock connector, and the metal insertion piece appears to have 8 gold pins for making contact inside the corresponding port on the device. The insertion piece also appears as if it could be inserted into the iPhone in either orientation, as has been rumored.

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    Nowhereelse.fr had a poor track record of leaks leading up to the launch of the original iPad, but has been relatively quiet until earlier this month when it began sharing photos of next-generation iPhone parts. Those leaks are believed to be legitimate, as they are originating from Asian websites and are consistent with other leaks seen to date.

    Update: Kyle Wiens of iFixit tells us the metal frame counts as a grounding pin, which means it's effectively a 9-pin connector. There has been some debate about it being an 8-pin vs 9-pin port, and this could reconcile those different claims.

    Article Link: Alleged Photos of Apple's New Dock Connector
     
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    wow

    that looks pretty but fragile?
     
  3. arian19, Aug 10, 2012
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    doubling down on secrecy, lol pathetic
     
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    Sure. Why not. Better than a magsafe, imo.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Mmmm, exposed metal strips, nice and damageable...
     
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    Reminds me of the MacBook Air USB thumb drive:

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    But will it blend?
     
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    Things are getting exciting! I love this time of year. :apple:
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    So, can we expect a USB 3.0 connection or a Thunderbolt one?
    I'd love to connect my iPhone 5 via Thunderbolt and have almost instant backups and syncs.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    Why not just use Thunderbolt for everything now?
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    I can't wait to diddle with that little man in boat.
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    If Apple's version of secrecy were a safe, it would be locked with a piece of duct tape.
     
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    The only realistic scenarios where damaging the ends of that connector become possible are usually a result of the user's error anyway.

    People with common sense will be fine as always.
     
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    A thunderbolt port would be to thick for an iPhone, well atleast on the current generation
     
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    Looks as good as legit to me. But then I guess many are still waiting to hear the compelling features behind the change of dock connector. :)
    This will make sure keep Apple racking £15 on those Apple Dock Connector to USB Cables :)
     
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    We're only missing the screen and PCB now essentially.
     
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    And queue the "OMG I have so many cables I don't want it to change" freakout, right... about....


    Now.
     
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    I'll wait and see on the robustness. As has been noted, it could have problems, but it might be OK.

    Loving the idea of it inserting either way. That is one of the best things about Magsafe.
     
  19. macrumors regular

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    man, Apple parts are leaking left and right. what's up with that? I want to keep the element of the surprise! :rolleyes:
     
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    Yup, I do hope they give us a longer charging lead, the one they supply is never quite long enough...
     
  21. Moonjumper, Aug 10, 2012
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    Hopefully there will be options to connect with either.
     
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    I was hoping for a MagSafe style connector, though I guess people don't lay their phones charging around like they do laptops.
     
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    There will probably be an adapter from the 30 pin to whatever the smaller one might be, if there really is a smaller one
     
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    it happens ever year tho..
     
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    Any more fragile than a standard microUSB connection? (I hate how many of those break from just plugging in a device normally over time)
     

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