New iPhone Rumors Reiterate Claims of Smaller Dock Connector, No Change to Screen Aspect Ratio

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is planning on implementing a new, smaller dock connector, according to a report by iMore. The site has been reliable in the past and correctly predicted the release of an LTE equipped iPad. iMore also reported that Apple is still in the prototyping phase for the next iPhone and that the design is not yet set in stone.


    iLounge previously claimed that the next iPhone would have a smaller, redesigned dock connector as well as a 4" screen that is larger in height only -- this would result in an adjustment to the screen's aspect ratio. The iPhone 4's design has served Apple very well, with the company selling millions upon millions of units. It is possible that the company will choose to stick with the successful design, albeit with some minor changes, rather than a wholesale redesign.

    Other recent iPhone rumors include a claims that the next iPhone will launch in September; another that it would use the same micro-SIM as current iPhones, rather than a new nano-SIM concept; and that the next iPhone will retain its physical home button -- a claim that iMore reiterates.

    Article Link: New iPhone Rumors Reiterate Claims of Smaller Dock Connector, No Change to Screen Aspect Ratio
  2. chriscrk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2011
    Planet Earth (?)
    I don't mind if the dock connector is smaller or not, I'd rather they focus on implementing a new Thunderbolt connector for the iPhone (and all iDevices in the future). They need to push on it a bit more, and what better way than with their own products? Make it the standard.
  3. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Thunderbolt is not designed to fill the role of USB. It's made to cover the niche market of high speed data transferring such as external SDD's, HDD's, external GPU's/Apple Cinema Display and other things of that nature.
  4. isoft7 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2011
    I can see the iPhone (5) being exactly as the 4 and 4s are in terms of design and in a strange way, demonstrating tremendous corporate confidence in their product by doing so.

    As if to say "We have the most ideal design, there is no reason to change."

    While people will be disappointed, they will still make billions and billions in profit. So who can really win that fight?
  5. johncrab macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2011
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Well, that would obsolete a lot of very expensive docking devices like speaker systems which can run into the hundreds of dollars. I for one would not be happy, but I really do not see this happening. The Apple connector standard is now ubiquitous in the market from speakers to cars. I just don't see it happening. There is no benefit to Apple and it would slow adoption through upgrade.
  6. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    **** will hit the fan if Apple doesn't redesign the next iPhone.
  7. Prohapps macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Oh no !!! Another plausible iPhone speculation, quickly everybody!! Get excited!!!

    Like, we are not going to see 10,000 other speculation before the release...
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Why re-design the dock connector? One thing I like about Apple products is their consistency. How I can use the same dock/charger for my old iPod Classic and new iPhone. Making a smaller dock connector will ruin this.
  9. chriscrk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2011
    Planet Earth (?)
    Why not implement it to other devices too?

    I can only see the price of them being a problem, I guess...

    But I'm sure the general audience would see attraction in such high speed transfer of data on their devices, crossing music, films, etc. to their device in a matter of seconds.
  10. Cinch macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2005

    Adapters. I have SoundFreaq, less expensive than most, and I not once use the dock. Bluetooth and AirPlay will be more than adequate.
  11. anthony11 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    And you're just too darned precious to use the adapter that would obviously be available?
  12. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    I do not see the dock connector changing. It's just too ubiquitous at this point. Maybe Apple will do it but I doubt it.
  13. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    Personally, I'd like them to implement a smaller magsafe connection.
  14. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Ever heard of USB 3.0?
  15. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    If they do change the dock connector, I hope it is to a Magsafe design. No more knocking devices off a surface if you catch the charging cable (which is too short anyway).
  16. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    By that logic, in the next decade, Apple will eventually change everything in the iPhone except the Dock Connector? Doubt it. At some point, Apple will change the Dock Connector. (ex. Look what they did to the Floppy, Legacy Ports, DVD). They aren't afraid to disrupt things.
  17. Cinch macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2005

    Going forward, I see the 32 pin dock connector as primarily a power port. Everything is wireless now. I haven't plug my iPhone into my MacBook in about a month, and will likely never will again.
  18. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Seriously Apple, its 2012, will be nearly 2013 once the new iPhone is release. Its really ridiculous to have a 3.5" or 3.7" screen now a days. I am still going to buy it, but damn, that irks me. Has Johnny been thinking these last couple years?
  19. Cinch macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2005

    Yes, thank you. Excellent idea. Most of us don't use them to transfer data anymore.
  20. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    I like the current design, don't mind if it doesn't change. After all, no other phone looks like the current iPhone. It's symmetrical, simple, and pretty much scratch resistant - though not very tough, which is something I miss from the good old days of Nokia.
  21. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Hah, if people went crazy when the 4S had the same design, just imagine what they'll do when the next iPhone has the same design.

    For the record, I was ok with the 4S design. It's a beautiful phone and I've owned every model of iPhone. But for a third year? That's pushing it a bit. I'd like to see a little bit bigger screen, bring back the tapered sides so it's more comfortable to hold, and make it more resistant to drops and impacts. Keep the same thickness, and if the size increases slightly, use that space for a larger battery.

    I mean, if they don't update anything externally, then we're looking at primarily internal changes. 1GB ram? Faster graphics? LTE? Ok cool. But at this point does it make as big of a difference? The 4S screams. And my "faux-4G" is pretty fast as it is. What's the magical element that Apple will be adding to the new iPhone? What other features will set it apart from the 4S?


    • NFC wallet
    • Touch-sensitive home button to multitask
    • FaceTime HD
    • Waterproof enclosure

    Can anyone think of any other new tech the iPhone is lacking? What about software? For software I'll repeat John Gruber from today (many of which I've also considered in the past):

    • Better inter-app communication, like "Intents" in Android
    • Third-party notification center widgets
    • Third-party Siri apis

    But surely the 4S would get these updates too, right?

    It's time to update that bottom dock connector. Hah, it's such a relic of the past at this point. Like a giant serial port or something that fills with dust and debris. Sure it's going to suck that it's not compatible with all of our existing stuff, but adapters will be made. The change has to happen at some point. I'd rather it be sooner than later.
  22. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    Problem is that the flash is the bottleneck. Thunderbolt at this point wouldn't be all that much faster than USB2.0 because of the write speeds of the flash chips.
  23. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
    Thank you! I wrote this in another thread: I was just explaining to my daughter how she can use the car charger, the two computers that a charger in the USB ports, or any of the three a/c chargers we have to charge the two iphones, ipad and ipod we have. I like that. I want to keep that.
  24. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Thunderbolt is an i/o standard. It's a competitor to USB 3. Neither Intel or Apple intend it to be a niche connector, though the 3rd party market isn't helping much in that regard. There would be no better way to jump start it's adoption than to put it on iOS devices. Clearly just putting it on Macs isn't enough encouragement.

    Disagree. With exception of Original iPhone to iPhone 3G Apple has at least tweaked the cosmetic design every two years. The next iPhone will not be a mirror image of the iPhone 4/4S. Bank on it.

    Not necessarily. They could easily make an adapter to slip over the dock connector on the accessory. I agree Apple wouldn't make a change just to make a change, but TB would make tethered backups a lot faster and it would save a lot of internal space which could be used either to slim the phone down or increase battery life.
  25. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    No thanks, 3.5" is plenty for me. If I need bigger I'll use my gorgeous iPad. I rather have a smaller, lighter phone than a larger, bulkier, heavier, phone that drains battery more quickly than the smaller model. I'll upgrade for LTE if the screen stays the same size, I'm not so sure if they increase the screen and device size though.

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