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iPhone 5 rumours see 19-pin dock replacement tipped again

Posted on: July 23, 2012

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As Apple iPhone 5 rumours continue to flow, new reports have once again suggest the Cupertino company is planning to ditch its customary 30-pin dock connector in favour of a new iPhone 5 bound 19-pin offering.

The latest proprietary iPhone connection port is expected to be officially unveiled later this year alongside the long awaited Apple iPhone 5 release date with the compact 19-pin connector making enough space available for the handset’s 3.5mm headphone jack to move to the base of the device.

Although far from confirmed, Reuters has cited “two sources familiar with the matter” in suggesting Apple is to introduce the new docking option with the 19-pin options set to become the company’s new standard, being introduced to the iPod and iPad lines at the next refresh. The unnamed sources are reported to have confirmed that the changes is being introduced in part “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”

Whilst any change in docking standard would be sure to anger many Apple fans who have splashed out considerable amounts of money on compatible accessories, Canalys analyst Pete Cunningham has suggested the move “represents an opportunity for accessory vendors.”

He added: “The iPhone connector has been a standard for a long time now and I would expect the same to be true for a new connector, should Apple change it as expected.”

Apple iPhone 5 Rumours

Long the thing of rumour and speculation, the Apple iPhone 5 has been said to be readying for a raft of updates in recent weeks with everything from a new style dock connector to a completely re-imagined form factor reportedly lined up for inclusion.

Seemingly set to land running the WWDC unveiled iOS 6 mobile operating system, a late September unveiled has long been on the cards for the iPhone 4S replacement with an iPhone 5 release date apparently set to occur in the weeks that follow.

Elsewhere, the usual improved camera optics and speedier, Samsung Galaxy S3 rivalling quad-core processor have been repeatedly rumoured with a larger, 4-inch display and a completely overhauled design also on the works to turn the sixth-gen smartphone line up as Apple’s slimmest device to date.

What would you like to see from Apple’s next-generation iPhone device? Would a change in dock standard annoy or appease you? Let us know what you think via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.



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