Back in February this year, there were rumors that suggested that Apple could be making the dock connector of their next iPhone smaller than the current one. This was further cemented by a job listing that indicated that a redesign of the dock connector could be in the works, although there was nothing to say if it would be making an appearance in the next iPhone or if it would be used for future models. Thanks to recently surfaced photos of alleged housings for the next-gen iPhone, the smaller dock connector rumor seemed to gain more traction and now thanks to the folks at Reuters, it seems that they too think that the next-gen iPhone will feature a smaller 19-pin dock connector as opposed to the 30-pin version.
As indicated in their report:
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. That would mean the new phone would not connect with the myriad of accessories such as speakers and power chargers that form part of the ecosystem around iPods, iPads and iPhones, without an adaptor.
A small dock connector would no doubt free up some room within the iPhone in which Apple can utilize for other features, i.e. larger battery, bigger camera sensor, etc., but at the same time this would also render all accessories incompatible with the next-gen iPhone, unless Apple decides to provide an adapter of sorts. Either way with nothing officially announced, we suggest taking this with a grain of salt for now, but stay tuned as we will keep you updated with the latest news!