While the majority of mobile devices now ship with micro USB connectors, Apple has remained dedicated to its 30-pin dock connector. But that could be about to change, with sources claiming future iOS devices will employ a “micro dock” that will be significantly than the existing connector.
iMore cites a “solid source” that claims Apple will adopt a more compact dock connector for future iOS devices that will allow the company to make room for “more important components,” such as bigger batteries or LTE chips:
We’ve heard that Apple is getting ready to ditch the dock connector as it’s currently sized and implemented on iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The reason isn’t anything political, like a new desire to conform to an outdated micro-USB standard, but typically Apple: to save space inside the iPhone 5 for what are now more important components.
While its current 30-pin solution isn’t huge, it is larger than rivals like micro USB, and could prevent iOS devices from becoming smaller and thinner in future. Take the latest iPod nano, for example. If it got any thinner, a 30-pin dock connector simply wouldn’t fit in the device.
Of course, the only problem with this is that there is a huge ecosystem of third-party accessories for our iOS devices that use the 30-pin connector to connect to our iOS devices. As soon as Apple employs a new connector, all of those add-ons we’ve purchased throughout the years become defunct.