Reuters just reveals that Apple'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, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans. The move will mean that existing iPhone accessories — which use Apple’s existing 30-pin connector — won’t be compatible with the new handset.
The iPhone 5, Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Admittedly, this news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Almost every rumor surrounding the new iPhone has corroborated the new connector, and we’ve even seen leaked components — including rear panels — that show just how small the port will be.
Although it isn’t a surprise, it will still be a disappointment to many. The change will mean that accessories built for Apple’s existing 30-pin connectors won’t work with the new iPhone. It’s unclear whether the Cupertino company will build an adapter — like the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 connector — or whether we’ll be forced to replace our accessories, which could be a big boost for manufacturers.
“It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors,” said Pete Cunningham, London-based analyst at technology research firm Canalys. “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.”
While sources for The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have all thrown their iPhone 5 rumors into the hat in recent weeks, Reuters is the first mainstream publication to confirm the 19-pin dock connector specifically.