Reuters: Apple’s New iPhone Will Get Smaller Dock Connector To Make Room For Headphone Jack

Reuters: Apple’s New iPhone Will Get Smaller Dock Connector To Make Room For Headphone Jack

Your new iPhone’s headphone jack will be located on the bottom of the device — just like the iPod touch.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans have revealed to Reuters that the company’s “iPhone 5’ will launch with a smaller, 19-pin dock connector that will make room for a headphone jack on the bottom of the device. The move will mean that existing iPhone accessories — which use Apple’s existing 30-pin connector — won’t be compatible with the new handset.

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.

Admittedly, this news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Almost every rumor surrounding the new iPhone has corroborated the new connector, and we’ve even seen leaked components — including rear panels — that show just how small the port will be.

Although it isn’t a surprise, it will still be a disappointment to many. The change will mean that accessories built for Apple’s existing 30-pin connectors won’t work with the new iPhone. It’s likely, however, that the Cupertino company will build an adapter — like the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 connector — that will maintain backwards compatibility and allow the new iPhone to work with most of today’s accessories.

As we mentioned earlier this month when we took a look at the future of the dock connector, not only does this give Apple yet another source of revenue, but it also means that its relationship with accessory manufacturers isn’t tarnished as a result of a new dock connector that makes millions of products obsolete overnight.

While sources for The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have all thrown their iPhone 5 rumors into the hat in recent weeks, Reuters is the first mainstream publication to confirm the 19-pin dock connector specifically.

  • Joshua Clare

    Of course they’ll make an adapter. I’m not going to be expected to change my car just because the iPod dock is not compatible with the new iPhone dock connector am I? Apple aren’t stupid, they’ll charge £10 for an adapter and make a freaking fortune from all the people who need one.

  • joewaylo

    Too bad it’s not a mini USB or Micro USB. I’d prefer one of those instead. More universal usage for other OS models.

  • ddevito

    Yep – just another greedy excuse to make even more money and exploit the iSheep.

  • Tallest_Skil

    GOOD THING it’s not a mini USB or Micro USB. I’d prefer NEVER USING one of those instead. SINCE THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH More universal usage for other OS models.

    Fixed that for you.

  • mr_bee

    I’m constantly surprised at the number of people who suggest that USB would be better than the dock connector, since even a casual look at a USB plug reveals that it has four contacts when the dock connector currently has 30 and is being reduced to 19.

    What kind of a moron do you have to be to not see the problem there? 4 is not equal to 19 or 30. If they switched to USB, even if they used a modified headphone jack to add four more for audio output, they would still be missing 8 contacts somewhere and need another port (or two or three).

  • Tallest_Skil

    If they switched to USB, even if they used a modified headphone jack to add four more for audio output, they would still be missing 8 contacts somewhere and need another port (or two or three).

    That’s not an entirely accurate assessment, as pins ? pins ? pins, but you’re close, and certainly not wrong about the USB nonsense.

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