Reuters Confirms a Smaller Dock Connector and Relocated Headphone Jack on Next iPhone

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Reuters seems to confirm circulating rumors and expectations that Apple will be moving from the traditional 30-pin dock connector to a smaller 19-pin version for its next generation iPhone:
    Reuters also seems to confirm that the headphone jack of the new iPhone will move to the bottom of the device, as shown here:


    This image shows the new dock-connector and headphone jack location (right) as compared to the currently shipping iPhone 4S (left).
    Reuters notes this will represent a big opportunity for accessory manufacturers as customers upgrade their existing accessories to new 19-pin compatible ones. Apple launched the original 30-pin dock connector with the 3rd generation iPod in 2003. Subsequent iPods, iPhones and iPads have shipped with the port and resulted in a large ecosystem of compatible accessories. The first report that Apple would be replacing their dock connector with a miniaturized one came in February 2012 from iMore.

    Article Link: Reuters Confirms a Smaller Dock Connector and Relocated Headphone Jack on Next iPhone
  2. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    Just provide an adapter an I'm all happy and for it.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2009
  5. macrumors member

    James Bond

    Jan 31, 2009
    New Zealand, Pale Blue Dot
    but will they?
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2009
    Is that a freaking joke? you mean all the accessories that i have bought would be obsolete soon? Way to tell people to use Android instead, Apple!
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Headphone jack on the bottom?
    I'm not looking forward to this. I believe it would be more cumbersome.

    (didn't realize someone else wrote a very similar reply)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    Bet you can't wait to plug your Samsung nexus galaxy chocolate sponge cake world edition with tingling sense HD powered by android 4.1 beta with 3D into your iPod dock. :rolleyes:
  9. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    This is actually a welcome change for me. I hate having to always flip my iPhone vertically when putting it in my pocket.
  10. Canaan, Jul 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

    macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Yeah cause they wouldn't have to buy new accessories if they did that right?

    Even if Apple does switch to a new standard dock (it's about time they do anyway as this thing is getting old), we're bound to see accessories very quickly and most likely third parties will create adapters as well. Sure it's inconvenient, but it was bound to happen eventually.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    Oh boy, two dock connectors! Thank god Android isn't fragmented at all. :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2009
    Strange problem.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Maybe this is just the iPad mini (and its a lot more mini than we thought)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2010
    Yeah, I mean it's only been 9 years afterall...
  15. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    It's nice to see that Apple is releasing it's death grip on the ugly, absurdly large dock connector. This new smaller size is more in line with Apple's typically attractive designs.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
    get a grip on reality and calm down....:rolleyes:

    nothing will be obsolete...there will be a long period (circa 2 years) of adapters available before it becomes the new standard.

    why all the drama> nothing better to do?
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2009
    Adapter and EU mandate?

    Apple should just make it a micro-USB, now that they are adept at putting standard ports on the Retina MBP (HDMI, USB 3). Didn't the EU mandate that all phones sold needed to connect (or charge) via micro-USB or the manufacturer must provide an adapter free of charge? This would be one way to bring the cost down further (and keep the margin higher) by using a standard jack like this....proprietary connectors are so 1986 (ADB, anyone?)
  18. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2002
    Brighton, England
    This is annoying in the sense that I have a hifi dock that cost over £200 as well as numerous leads and things around the house that our two iPods, two iPhones and the iPad connect to. Then suddenly my next phone will connect to none of these things, all so apple can make the phone a tiny bit thinner. Mmmm... Progress for progress sake?
  19. macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2008
    The dock connector can do a lot more than micro-USB such as audio and video.
  20. Smeaton1724, Jul 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    Nothing wrong with progress at all. If they can have a dock connector do the same as the current one, then why not. They can easily put out an adapter from new to old.

    However I don't like how convoluted the Apple selection of devices is becoming, in essence we'll see 3 branches of mobile device

    iPhone 3gs, has ios 6 but limited features and now the old dock.
    iPhone 4, more features than the 3gs on ios 6, old dock.
    iPad 2, no siri on ios 6 and old dock.

    "Legacy connector but full OS"
    iPhone 4s, all the features of ios 6, new dock.
    iPad 3, all features of ios 6, old dock.

    "New Connector and full OS"
    All of the features:
    iPhone 5 or whatever
    iPad mini (If it exists)
    iPad 4
  21. macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    If you think about it, the original iPod dock connector is still in use today. Though iPods and iPhones have gotten smaller, the dock connector has remained the same. It's freakin huge!

    Those of you crying out because you have accessories that will become obsolete, Apple has a simple path to backwards compatibility. The audio jack also supplies data. An adaptor that plugs in to both the new 19 pin dock connector and the audio mini jack could possibly provide a direct connection to all 30 pins. It would add just a few millimetres to your accessory, most of which have the iPod/iPhone located on the top so it will not make a difference.

    Also, given that the new iPhone will likely be taller, even if it had the original 30 pin dock connector, it wouldn't fit inside accessories that were shaped for the iPod or any iPhone to date.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 17, 2008
    What, wait, it's not micro-USB? Why?? I don't want another charger for my phone, I have a handfull already. :(
  23. macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    For when an uniform connector & charger for all modern smartphones?
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2012
    If they change the dock connector every 9 years, that is fine with me. This is quite normal in the world of computing. 9 years is a long time to keep using the same dock connector. I am sure they will come out with an adapter. If Apple doesn't, third party accessory makers will.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    The only thing which bothers me in this design is the asymmetry on the bottom. I think the 4/4s design is one of the most beautiful things Apple ever engineered and this new bottom with headphone jack, asymmetric speakers and smaller dock looks clunky and amateurish.

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