Reuters: iPhone 5 to feature smaller dock and relocated headphone jack

According to a recent report by Reuters, Apple is going to use a smaller 19 pin connector on it’s next iPhone expected i.e to arrive in October. Apple is going to ditch the previous 30 pin dock connector because of it’s large size, and to make room for earphone jack, that is said to be placed at the bottom of the device instead of at the top like in previous iPhones.

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.

In contrast to analysis by many experts who think that this change will upset accessory makers because the new port will make the new iPhone incompatible with thousands of accessories, this report by Reuters suggests that this change will open door to new oppurtunities for accessory vendors.

“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.”

Everything Reuters said about the new iPhone in this report has already been said before several times. Though one thing that is particularly interesting here is that the report quotes two sources that are ‘familiar with the matter’, and they say that this small port will be added to “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”. This does not seem to be the real or only reason behind such a bold step by Apple. iPod touch 4th generation has the headphone jack at it’s bottom, but still it has enough space left for other stuff to fit in. Apple could just have increased the size of the speaker on the new iPhone and use the other slot for the headphone jack.Nevertheless we all know iPhone 5 or whatever it is going to be called is coming and it is well expected to feature a 4-inch screen, new dock connector, relocated headphone jack, better cameras, thinner design, faster processors, and much more.  [Img Credit: Martin Hajek]

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