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Apple’s Ridiculous Lightning Rules Force $140,000 Kickstarter Project To Close [Updated]

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Kickstarter-POP

Apple’s guidelines for its new Lightning connector have forced a popular Kickstarter project that sourced almost $140,000 in funding — more than twice the amount it required — to close and refund all of its backers. Electronics firm Edison Jr designed a charging station compatible with a multitude of Android and iOS devices called the POP. But after exceeding its funding goal, it quickly realized that Apple wouldn’t approve it.

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

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In today's forecast: Lightning!
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.

Patent Shows Apple Dock Connector With USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

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Apple is working on a new dock connector for its devices that will boast high-speed connections including USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, according to a new patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday. Entitled “Reduced Size Multi-Pin Male Plug Connector,” the patent reveals a smaller 30-pin dock connector that will also feature a dual-lane DisplayPort.