On the Today show this morning, they basically talked about the new dock connector as being Apple's greedy way to get more money from the consumer. Especially when you listen to the "random" on the street interviews. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/49030836#49030836 As far as I understood it, the iPhone needed the 8-Pin connector (plus ground to make 9) in order to function with accessories as well as it had in the past. For audio out, control, video, etc... We saw that with the article from the Industrial designer that was posted in another thread. http://thetechblock.com/the-foolproof-dock-connector I feel like Apple should have stressed that more.