Smaller dock connector coming to all iOS devices?
6th Aug 2012 | 18:32
Eight-pin port may be in all Apple products by fall
Apple may soon be ditching the 30-pin dock connector found in all its iOS devices in favor of a smaller 8-pin port this fall.
TechRadar reported August 2 that the iPhone 5 will likely come with a downsized port. However, these are the first reports indicating the entire iOS device line will be getting a port reduction.
All of Apple's mobile devices, as well as iPods, iPhones and iPads, currently feature the 30-pin dock connector.
Initial signs pointed to the iPhone 5's dock connector being a 19-pin port, but these reports chop that figure by more than half.
The smaller connector may be a necessary structural change to accommodate the device's supposedly slimmer body.
A change of plans
These same Apple sources say the update for all iOS devices could happen as early as September 12.
Such an update would be unprecedented for a company that usually sticks to one or two major product announcements/developments a year.
However, it looks like Apple is more concerned with having a consistent dock design than sticking to a hard and fast release schedule.
No word yet from Apple as to when the port change for all devices, if indeed true, is coming.