Apple iPhone 5 to have 19 Pin connector – RIP old peripherals?

Posted on Jul 23 2012 - 4:06pm by Thomas Sharp

The release of Apple’s hotly anticipated fifth generation iPhone, aka the iPhone 5, is still months away from an official release date but that has not stopped information leaking out about the phones features. The latest rumor revolves around the phones connector, a feature which has remained largely unchanged since its conception on the iPod.

It has been suggested that the new iPhone 5 will sport a 19-pin connector instead of the current 30 pin version which could spell chaos for accessory manufacturers and customers.

Current peripherals doomed?

If Apple replaces the current connector is could render current speakers, docks and accessories completely obsolete which would cost manufacturers and customers millions collectively. According to Francisco Jeronimo it wouldn’t come to this, he said “”I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors.”

Why change it?

The current connector takes up a lot of real estate on the bottom of each device, so it makes sense to include a new one. If rumors are true the headphone port will be moved from its current position to the bottom of the phone and at the moment there isn’t enough space to achieve this. Hence the need for a smaller connector.

If it looks anything like the photograph below then we’re all for it. It looks smart and could potentially tidy up the top of the phone (although we’re not sure it really needs it).

Would you like to see a new adapter on the iPhone 5, or possible the iPad 4? Would it be practical?

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