The New Apple iPhone 5 Will Have A Smaller Dock Connector Than Every Other iPhone and iPod Device
For as long as the Apple iPod has been around, there has been the 30-pin dock connector that’s been used to charge iPods, iPhones, and iPads and utilize them through different accessories like speaker docks and third-party chargers. The short white cord that comes with each and every Apple device has become almost as iconic as the iPods, iPhones, and iPads themselves. But, as it turns out, the new iPhone 5 is scheduled to have a new dock connector that has only 19 pins in it. It’s designed to save space and make it less awkward to charge your devices and use them at the same time. Apple has also moved the headphone jack to the bottom of the iPhone 5 and they needed the extra space down there to be able to do that.
But, does that mean that you also need to buy new accessories to replace all of the ones that you already have?!? Fortunately, no. According to a number of sources, Apple is not going to force all of the consumers out there to buy all new accessories and risk pissing off their loyal customer base. Instead, they’ve created an adapter that can be used on all accessories that currently fit the 30-pin connectors so that you’ll still be able to use them once the iPhone 5 is released. That should come as a big relief for those of you out there who have a number of (expensive!) accessories for your current iPhone.
We’re still probably a couple months away from the official release of the iPhone 5. But, it’s good to hear that Apple is going ahead and making some changes to the new iPhone in order to make it a must-have for all the Apple aficionados out there. At the same time, we’re also glad that they’re not completely going away from what’s worked in the past for them. It’ll be interesting to see what other changes they have in store for us. Something tells us that this is only the beginning.