Apple's New Dock Connector Even Smaller Than Originally Thought

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Back in February, iMore was the first source to claim that Apple will be introducing a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices, with the claim now being supported by a number of other sources and evidence in the form of part leaks showing a much smaller opening in the casing of what is claimed to be the next-generation iPhone.

But other details on the new dock connector have remained unclear, with various sources reporting different numbers of pins for the new connector compared to the current 30-pin design. TechCrunch was the first to report that the new design would contain 19 pins, a claim that gained credibility when Reuters cited the same number last month.

Other numbers of pins have, however, been circulating with iLounge last week claiming just eight pins for the new connector. And just yesterday, 9to5Mac reported on a reference to "9Pin" in a section of iOS 6 code addressing core hardware features.

Regardless of the exact number of pins included in the new dock connector design, it appears that the connector itself will be even smaller than originally thought based on leaked photos of casings seen so far. French site Nowehereelse.fr today posted a new photo [Google translation] it has received showing that there is actually a metal ring inside the casing cutout for the new dock connector.




The purpose of the ring is currently unknown, but some have been hoping that Apple's new dock connector will include an attachment mechanism similar to the MagSafe standard used on the company's notebook computers. A MagSafe-like dock connector could allow users to insert the cable in either orientation, a feature suggested last week by iLounge, and make it easier for the cables to simply snap into place.

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syan48306

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Gosh, this has been long overdue for an improvement.

Bets on how long before Samsung copies this [magsafe] idea? I say 6 months.
 
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Mac-Addict

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Surely a magnet would be strong enough to just pull the entire device with the cable instead of just popping out? A magsafe cable on a Phone/iPod seems a bit pointless.
 

KylePowers

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Surely a magnet would be strong enough to just pull the entire device with the cable instead of just popping out? A magsafe cable on a Phone/iPod seems a bit pointless.
This. The magnet would have be very, very weak. An iPhone weighs waaaayyy less than a MacBook.

I'd still appreciate it though!
 

Domalais

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I've been saying for quite some time that iPhone users have surprisingly small docks.
 

mlukens

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It would need to be a pretty lightweight magnet compared to a Macbook considering how little the iPhone weighs.
 

syan48306

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Surely a magnet would be strong enough to just pull the entire device with the cable instead of just popping out? A magsafe cable on a Phone/iPod seems a bit pointless.
Not if the point is for it to be easily attached. Bring it half way in and pop it snaps in regardless of orientation. That alone is good enough for the redesign. The fact that when you trip on the cord your iphone doesn't go flying across the room and just plops down a few inches from where it was is another plus.
 

bettaboy123

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I'm really hoping that it's a MagSafe-type connector! That would be really cool and would make putting the connector in the phone SO much easier. Starting to really like this and hoping that this is the real thing.
 

hobbbz

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9 pins could be arranged like:

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and female:

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and the connector could then tell which way it was inserted if it had an extra connection on the other side.
 

zorinlynx

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A magsafe connector would be a good idea, not so much to avoid pulling your phone off a desk, but to provide a completely "frictionless" connection that will never wear out or loosen over the years.

The downside is... if you're going to come up with a new standard that's this small, why not just bite the bullet and use Micro-USB? I'd so love for the iPhone to be able to share chargers with the rest of the phone industry.

The lack of sufficient pins could be addressed by extending the connector in a backwards compatible manner, the way SuperSpeed USB's micro-connector did. Just go in the other direction.

A bit much to ask, I suppose.