With the flurry of rumours that are going around in the build up to the new 2012 iPhone it sometimes gets hard to distinguish the realistic from the not so realistic. Well one rumour that has kept cropping up and even more so recently is that the iPhone 5 will be the first device to show off an all new smaller dock connector from Apple.
The classic 30 pin connector shown below has been with us ever since the firts generation iPod, and in its time, with the huge growth of the iPhone and iPad, it has become as easily recognisable and abundant as the humble USB.
However with Apple’s endless strive to make devices smaller and thinner it has been said that it’s only a matter of time until this connector is swapped for a smaller one, allowing the port to take up less space in the device. A new connector would also allow for quicker data transfer just like the thunderbolt ports found on Macs.
The idea of a new connector was strengthened a few weeks back when we saw the first supposed leaked images of the iPhone 5, showing this new smaller connector. Well now we have a leaked picture of a phone case rendering from mobilefun.co.uk that supports this new dock connector once again.
In the build up to a new iPhone certain manufacturers are given renderings and specs of the new device, so that they are able to produce cases and accessories for the device that are available immediately. The renderings here clearly show at the bottom of the new device this new distinctly smaller 19 pin connector port.
It’s certainly a big move considering how universal the current 30 pin connector has come, but with increasing demands on slimmer devices and faster data transfer it seems it’s inevitable, and that the next iPhone will be the device to premiere it.
Other features of the iPhone 5 are expected to be an all new aluminium design and 4 inch screen.
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