Next iPhone to sport an 8 pin connector along with iOS 6′s undisclosed Bluetooth link feature

by Zaib Ali on August 1, 2012

As expected launch date for upcoming Apple iPhone approaches, we are hearing more and more rumors related to the unannounced next generation iPhone. iLounge claims to have received reports from credible sources which say that the next iPhone will indeed feature a smaller dock, but that won’t feature a 19 pin connector. Instead the next iPhone’s dock will have a 8 pin connector which will make the port even smaller. Previously we have been hearing reports of Apple adding a 19 pin connector to iPhone, but this is the first time someone has claimed otherwise.

According to two sources, Apple’s new Dock Connector features only 8 pins, seemingly contradicting claims of “16-pin” and “19-pin” connectors. Although the original Dock Connector contained 30 pins, reports of 16- or 19-pin connectors seemed hard to square with the port’s small size and Apple’s actual need for additional pins beyond what USB/Micro-USB offer. No images or parts for the connector have leaked out, either. Both of our sources concur that there are eight pins in a line within the new Dock Connector, which may well receive a different name going forward.

iLounge also reports that Apple’s next generation iPhone will have a new feature that has not been made public by Apple with iOS 6. This new feature dubbed as ‘bluetooth link’ will allow the iPhone to use other bluetooth 4.0 devices such as future iPod nano for user to display iMessages or receive a call. Users will also be able to make calls using that bluetooth device even if their iPhone is not with them in hand or in pocket, provided they are in bluetooth 4.0 range, i.e 33 feets.

This new feature will be useful in conditions such as when you are working out in gym and don’t want to put your iPhone in pocket, but can wear the iPod nano as a watch or are able clip it on the collar.

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