Apple Needs Two Engineers To Redesign Your New iPhone’s Dock Connector

Apple Needs Two Engineers To Redesign Your New iPhone’s Dock Connector

Who wants a whole this big in the bottom of their iPhone?

A pair of new job listings on Apple’s website confirm that the company is seeking two engineers to overhaul the existing 30-pin dock connector currently employed by its iOS devices. The listings strengthen rumors Apple will introduce a new dock connector with its sixth-generation iPhone later this year, that will be significantly smaller than its predecessor.

Rumors that the Cupertino company would overhaul the existing connector have been circulating for some time, and it is widely believed that the new iPhone — which is expected to make its debut this October — will be the first of its devices to employ the new design.

Strengthening those claims are two new job listings on Apple’s website for a “Connector Design Engineer” and a “Product Design Eng — Connector” who will be tasked with the “adaptation of existing connectors or complete new designs.”

The Connector Design Engineer will be responsible for managing multiple connector designs and developments in support of the iPod product lines. Cross-functional development and consulting will be a major part of your daily work. As a Lead Engineer you be responsible for identifying appropriate connection technology requirements for new products and follow through with selection and development of suitable interconnect products. This will often involve adaptation of existing connectors or complete new designs. Interfacing with connector suppliers to direct and implement the necessary design changes or creation of completely new designs will also be a major part of your daily work.

While Apple’s iPods and iOS devices have changed significantly over the years, their dock connector has remained the same. It’s big and clunky when compared to rival solutions like the micro-USB port, and this is becoming an issue as Apple looks to make its devices smaller and thinner.

Although it may not seem like such a bulky design, the 30-pin connector does take up a lot of room in smaller devices, like the iPhone and the iPod, which could be put to better use.

Of course, the change would mean that our existing cables and docks would not be compatible with future devices, and that’s probably why Apple has stuck with the current connector for so long. But the benefits of a smaller connector and therefore smaller and thinner devices are likely to outweigh those drawbacks.

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  • appledrunk1

    Hole, not whole :)

  • James Barnette

    why the dock connector is perfect the way it is. anything smaller is just going to be more fragile. Plus this means that all of the devices that we have purchased for the last several years are now suddenly useless. This is a bad move!

  • appledrunk1

    why the dock connector is perfect the way it is. anything smaller is just going to be more fragile. Plus this means that all of the devices that we have purchased for the last several years are now suddenly useless. This is a bad move!

    Technology evolves and the size of the connector is beginning to limit what Apple can do in terms of design and innovation. The existing 30-pin connector is nearly 10 years old now and going by recent schematic and parts leaks, the existing connector is going to be redesigned in the next iPhone.

  • writingdirty

    Who wants a copy editor?

  • Brian Gregory May

    why the dock connector is perfect the way it is. anything smaller is just going to be more fragile. Plus this means that all of the devices that we have purchased for the last several years are now suddenly useless. This is a bad move!

    Why? Standard definition, rear-projecting TVs are perfect the way they are! This means that all of my TVs that we have purchased for the last several years are suddenly useless. Bring back standard definition television!

  • dushmis

    It’s hole, not whole, you whore ! :)

    no offense darling.
  • pramsey

    They need to remove the doc connector, use a inductive charger and possibly tie it in with an inductive sync.  Apple would piss off every third party out there, but they would make the product much better in the end, it would also open a market for people who build adapters to convert current “chargers” and docks to the new inductive design.  The phone needs to “dock” in both upright and flat positions.  Having said that, I feel Apple can send me a bill.

  • pramsey

    Who wants a copy editor?

    I think you’re looking for the Romney team!

  • technochick

    hmmm while I don’t doubt that Apple is constantly hiring folks to help in attempts to better their products I call to question this one bit 

    The listings strengthen rumors Apple will introduce a new dock connector with its sixth-generation iPhone later this year, that will be significantly smaller than its predecessor.”

    IF they are looking to replace the dock connector this year they would have hired these folks way before now. This kind of change can’t be done over night. It would be a good six months projects which folks hired in the month of June for a product that needs a good two month production lead out before release in Oct wouldn’t have the time to do. 

    And despite the rumors, who says Apple wants to make it ‘significantly smaller’ or even still a dock connector. They could be looking to make it wider or go with a totally different connector like ditching the ACD for mini USB/microUSB or thunderbolt. Heck they could be looking to go wifi sync only and just need a power charger port.

    OR go way way crazy and perhaps this is actually a dummy job project to cover up something else. We know that Apple has done it to folks after they are hired why not before. 
  • Tallest_Skil

    why the dock connector is perfect the way it is.

    It uses USB (of all things) as a primary source of transfer and it has unused pins because they don’t support FireWire anymore.

    It is light-years away from being “perfect”.

    anything smaller is just going to be more fragile

    Not true. Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort are not fragile in the slightest, and they’re far superior to the DVI port.

    Plus this means that all of the devices that we have purchased for the last several years are now suddenly useless.

    The Dock Connector has been around for nearly a decade. It’s time for change. You can buy a $10 adapter for the new port until new products come out. Not a big deal at all.

    I think you’re looking for the Romney team!

    Keep your stupid political crap out of here.

    …inductive charger and possibly tie it in with an inductive sync …much better in the end

    This is a worthless gimmick. You’re joking, right? “Better”?

    The phone needs to “dock” in both upright and flat positions.

    So what is the POINT of having both slow data syncing and slow POWER syncing if I HAVE TO DOCK IT ANYWAY?! Give me a freaking cable and data sync times shorter than three hours over “ooh, no cables, must be special, ooh”.

    Show some common sense, for heaven’s sake.

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  • ApplePr0n

    I think it’s because the smaller it is, the thinner they can make the device but idk

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