Leaked iPhone 5 Pic Compares New Smaller Dock With Current 30-Pin Dock [Rumor]

Leaked iPhone 5 Pic Compares New Smaller Dock With Current 30-Pin Dock [Rumor]

Apple’s new dock connector will be less than half the size of the current 30-pin dock, if the rumor mill is to be believed.

In Cult of Mac’s feature on the future of Apple’s dock connector, John Brownlee hypothesized that Apple’s next iOS device dock would be significantly smaller because the current 30-pin architecture is severely outdated. Nearly half of the current dock connectors pins are for legacy technology no one uses anymore, and Brownlee’s research matched up perfectly with the general consensus at the time: Apple would introduce a smaller 19-pin dock connector in the next iPhone this fall.

Since then, newer rumors have surfaced claiming that Apple’s new dock connector will be even smaller than everything originally thought. Leaked photos have depicted a micro dock that could very well consist of only 7-9 pins.

New pictures of an alleged iPhone 5 exterior have surfaced today that compare the new dock connector with the current 30-pin design. The above pic reiterates the significantly smaller design, and also the possibility of a surprise to look forward to when the next iPhone is unveiled in the coming weeks.

French site Nowehereelse.fr got its hands on side-by-side shots of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, and the dock connector pic is the best quality we’ve seen so far.

A loose Google translation of Nowehereelse.fr (edited for clarity):

One of the two other pictures that we have received in high resolution informs us that the new connector built into the iPhone 5 should be even smaller than we thought—minuscule compared with the current standard! The photo in question is indeed the first of its kind in which we discover that a metal ring completes the connection port built into the framework of the shell that we have already seen on numerous occasions and whose authenticity has been confirmed day by day.

As you can see, the metallic ring around the port itself could very well suggest some sort of MagSafe-like technology. You can’t actually see the number of pins in the photo, unfortunately. iOS 6 apparently references “9Pin,” so this tiny dock could very well be home to way less than 19 pins.

There is no metallic ring around the current 30-pin dock connector (or MagSafe MacBook connectors, for that matter), and we think it’s a stretch to assume that the ring around the iPhone 5 connector is for MagSafe. How would an iOS device dock connector work with MagSafe? How would you make an iPhone stand upright in a dock? Perhaps MagSafe will be used to help guide the connector into the port. One of the benefits of MagSafe would be the ability to insert a connector into the dock in any orientation, but then again, Apple’s new pin design could also allow for this without MagSafe.

Apple is rumored to implement this smaller dock connector into its entire iOS device lineup this fall, starting with the iPhone 5. As you can see, the new dock is less than half the size of the current 30-pin dock. Apple is also expected to sell a new-to-old adapter so 30-pin accessories won’t suddenly become completely obsolete.

Leaked iPhone 5 Pic Compares New Smaller Dock With Current 30-Pin Dock [Rumor]

The next iPhone will be longer and thinner than the 4S, according to leaked parts.

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  • Bernardo Siqueira

    Is the new iPhone LARGER? God, if it’s true, bring Steve Jobs back, please!

  • theobserving

    iPhone 5 came out last year. it’s called the “iPhone 4S.”

  • mesa75

    If that IS the new backing. I must admit I’m not really into it. I would’ve preferred the whole back to be aluminum. Of course I’ll buy it, but I hope this is not the real back.

  • Rob Klaproth

    I call BS on that photo. The headphone connector off to the left of the dock is obviously fake, there is no way Apple would put a 1/4 inch headphone jack on it when it currently has a mini plug. Putting a 1/4 inch jack on the iphone would undo any space savings from putting the smaller dock connector.

  • alexheath

    iPhone 5 came out last year. it’s called the “iPhone 4S.”

    Very true. I’m aware it’s the sixth-gen model this year. We use “iPhone 5″ in articles for clarity’s sake and also because, unfortunately, the general public associates this year’s upcoming model as the “5.”

    My money is on “the new iPhone” next month. But that doesn’t make articles easy to find in Google ;)

  • assyrianpride

    I like it, but the back cover on the new iPhone is ugly as hell.

  • assyrianpride

    I like it, but the back cover on the new iPhone is ugly as hell.

    but then, I’ll be buying a protective case for it anyway so I wont have to see it

  • BrianEff

    iPhone 5 came out last year. it’s called the “iPhone 4S.”

    Correction, the 5th GENERATION iPhone came out last year not the iPhone 5. Apple doesn’t name their iPhones based on the generation. Example: 2nd generation iPhone was called iPhone 3G, while the 3rd generation was called iPhone 3GS. These names are obviously not relevant to their generation. So “iPhone 5″ is a completely plausible, although i’d bet my cards on “the New iPhone” anyway.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Apple doesn’t name their iPhones based on the generation.

    Because the iPhone 4 was the twelfth iPhone.

    So “iPhone 5″ is a completely plausible

    It’s not plausible in any fashion, for any reason, at any time, in any interpretation.

    We use “iPhone 5″ in articles for clarity’s sake and also because, unfortunately, the general public associates this year’s upcoming model as the “5.”

    STOP! When the actual device comes out, you’ll either have to go back and change every single article you’ve ever written or not have any accurate Google SEO whatsoever when it really exists!

  • Lars Pallesen

    I call BS on that photo. The headphone connector off to the left of the dock is obviously fake, there is no way Apple would put a 1/4 inch headphone jack on it when it currently has a mini plug.

    What on earth makes you think this is a 1/4 inch headphone jack? In case you’ve forgotten how big the mini jack plug looks on the current iPhone, please refresh your memory here:

    http://www.umpcportal.com/gallery/v/iphone_4/iphone+4+secondary+mic+and+headphone+jack.jpg.html

    Now imagine the SAME size hole on the new iPhone which is reported to be 2 millimeters thinner than the current one at just 7,6 mm! Still think it’s a 1/4 inch headphone plug?

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