Every iOS Device To Be Updated With A Smaller Dock Connector This Fall [Rumor]

Every iOS Device To Be Updated With A Smaller Dock Connector This Fall [Rumor]

Is Apple about to announce an unprecedented refresh to the entire iOS lineup next month?

Rumors of a smaller iOS dock connector have been continuing to surface in the weeks leading up to Apple’s September fall event. Initially the consensus was that we’d see a smaller 19-pin connector in the new iPhone, but lately the word on the street is that Apple will use even less pins—possibly as few as 8. Leaked photos of the next iPhone’s exterior show a much smaller dock connector, and the change is likely to meant to accommodate the device’s slimmer design.

According to a new report today, Apple will update not one, not two, but all of its iOS devices with a smaller dock connector this fall.

iMore has the scoop:

iMore has learned that Apple intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized Dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall. This would include the new iPhone 5, the the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the rumored 7-inch iPad mini, and an updated version of the current 9.7-inch iPad.

The information comes from the same sources that told iMore about the new, smaller Dock connector back in February, and about a mini Dock adapter to fit legacy accessories last month.

It makes sense for Apple to want the same dock connector on all of its devices, but updating every product at once sounds like too much. Such a move would definitely be unprecedented for a company that tends to only focus on 1-2 hardware products at once per media event. Can you imagine an Apple event next month with the new iPhone, 7-inch iPad, updated 9.7-inch iPad, new iPod touch, and new iPod nano?

There have been some whispers that Apple will update the current iPad with minor improvements before the fourth-gen iPad next year, and iMore seems to think it will happen before the holiday season. Is a new dock connector really worth a mid-cycle product refresh?

iMore has a really solid track record when it comes to this stuff, so even though it sounds far-fetched, don’t be surprised if all of your 30-pin accessories and peripherals suddenly become outdated next month. For what it’s worth, Apple will probably offer a new-to-old dock adapter.

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  • Derek Schlicker

    If this rumor is true, I have a hard time understanding the rational behind why Apple would release the 3rd gen iPad with a 30-pin connector six months before a complete refresh of every iOS device. I can see for all future devices that this would be the case but why go back and revise a product you launched out of cycle.

  • nthnm

    The event wouldn’t really be on all of those devices though since the only change will be the fact that they now have the smaller dock connector. I think it would be mentioned, “oh and we’ve updated our entire line so that every device uses this same connector” and that would be it.

  • BigLama

    Wow!!! I will give MAD props if apple could pull it off! If to then its no biggie. It’s not like there would be a surge of pele acting to buy the new update iOS devices.

  • John Frum

    The reasoning given is specious. Having two thin rows of pins, the 19-pin connector already isn’t particularly thick. This change doesn’t make it much (if any) thinner. There will still be two rows of pins, with fewer pins on each side. This change makes the connector less wide.

  • assyrianpride

    there would be no benefit to changing the dock connector. when youve been making all your extremely popular and moneymaking products the same way for so long, people get used to it. everybodys power cords are designed to fit the connectors that exist now. everybody is going to have to buy new power cords and maybe adapters for their older devices if they no longer have the old cords. if this rumor is based on fact, apple just wants to make money on this one.

  • Nick Hansen

    I don’t understand why an updated iPad automatically means new specs or something, they could be just updating the dock connector so that all of the iPads sold in the lead up to Christmas are compatible with new peripherals.

  • John Frum
    The reasoning given is specious. Having two thin rows of pins, the 19-pin connector already isn’t particularly thick. This change doesn’t make it much (if any) thinner. There will still be two rows of pins, with fewer pins on each side. This change makes the connector less wide.

    Specious? Really? How does Apple changing their dock connectors make them WRONG??????

    The reasoning given is specious. Having two thin rows of pins, the 19-pin connector already isn’t particularly thick. This change doesn’t make it much (if any) thinner. There will still be two rows of pins, with fewer pins on each side. This change makes the connector less wide.

    Specious? Really? How does Apple changing their dock connectors make them WRONG??????

    In the way I mentioned. You did read beyond the first sentence, right? Or did your ADD kick in just then?

    In the one sentence you appear to have read, you did notice that I said the “reasoning given”–i.e., that the connector would be changed in order to make it thinner–was what was specious. Finally…you did look up the word “specious,” didn’t you? (Hint: it’s not a synonym for “WRONG.”)

    BTW, I meant 30-pin connector, not 19-pin.

    Besides there not being a “thinness” advantage to a less-wide connector, there would be a distinct disadvantage in that devices like adjunct bluetooth transmitters (such as are used on nano watches) and battery packs (such as are used with iPods and iPhones) would be made much more difficult to keep attached to their intended devices, much more prone to falling off.

    I’m not saying I’m against this change. I’m saying it isn’t a slam dunk, and that the reasoning posited is fallacious.

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