A new report from Reuters echoes recent web reports that Apple will transition from the 30-pin dock connector to a smaller 19-pin version for the next generation iPhone 5. The Apple 30-pin dock connector has been the standard for Apple’s iDevices since the company launched the third-generation iPod back in 2003.
From the Reuters report:
The iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
This rumoured mini dock connector will help create a thinner profile for the next iPhone.
Reuters also reports that Apple is relocating the earphone jack to the bottom of the device, much like the current design of the iPod touch.
Potential iPhone 5 buyers may worry that such a move will break compatibility with their iPhone docking devices will cause third-party accessories manufacturers to redesign docks for Apple’s new devices. However, previous rumor indicate Apple will come up with a simple adapter solution to get around this issue for at least the immediate future.