It’s almost entirely certain that the new iPhone will have a weird new USB port. The 30-pin connector we’ve used on a long, unbroken line of iPods and iPhones will be bidding us adieu, and a new 9-pin connector will be taking its place. On the one hand, the new port is smaller, which opens up space on the device for more features or a smaller form factor. On the other hand, all the bundles of 30-pin connectors most Apple device owners have accumulated will be rendered useless…unless someone makes an adapter for them.
It’s just a concept render, but the artists over at this Italian tech blog have given us a pretty good idea of what such an adapter might look like. It’s a clever idea, and if there’s no audio out through the dock port anymore, this might explain why the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom. A lot of people would be pretty displeased if their fancy audio docks didn’t work with the new iPhone.
They’ve also included a concept for a mini-USB adapter (on the right), which looks almost improbably tiny. The current 30-pin to mini USB adapter is a pretty rare site in the wild, but with the loss of a universal docking port, we might see a rise in the popularity of mini USB cords in general.