July 23, 2012
iPhone 5: Another “Confirmation” That Apple Will Change The iPhone Dock
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
One month after we first heard rumors of Apple dropping their long standing 30-pin dock connector in the latest, unreleased iPhone, Reuters has come through with a confirmation of their own.This Reuters “confirmation” can be added to confirmations by the Wall Street Journal that the next iPhone will have a 4-inch screen and be even slimmer than before.
At this point, we seem to know a great deal about the latest, unreleased and unconfirmed Apple iPhone, especially since Tim Cook claimed his company would be “doubling down” on secrecy. If Tim Cook´s statements were, in fact, true, could this mean Apple is working on something truly spectacular for the next iPhone and has focused all of their secrecy on this one thing, or was Cook simply reacting to the number of leaks which had already occurred at the time?
According to the Reuters story, this smaller dock connector will be used to make room for a relocated headphone jack. Other reports have said the new, smaller dock connector could also be used to slim down the iPhone´s case.
With the old, 30-pin connectors installed in cars, hotels and nearly every facility where parties of some sort are held, switching to the new, 19-pin would bring sweeping changes to the entire ecosystem surrounding any iDevice. Those who have been collecting iPads, iPhones and iPods for any length of time will have to buy new cords and docks with their new iPhones. iPad users who spring for the new phone will have to remember to carry two cords in their bags instead of the one-size-fits-all-iDevices option. This may be a source of headaches for some users, but some analysts say this switch could bring new business to the iPhone ecosystem.
“It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors,” Pete Cunningham, analyst at research firm Canalys, told Clare Jim and Lee Chyen Yee of Reuters.
“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.”
This new change could also allow Apple to pack slightly larger batteries into their devices while making the entire package smaller, but what about those users who may have just dropped some serious cash on a stylish, top-of-the-line iPhone dock?
“Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory [they] have bought,” Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst for technology research firm IDC, told the Reuters reporters.
“I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors.”
An available adapter could be useful to those who want to make use of their existing accessories, but it could also be unwieldy for those who have multiple accessories in different locations. Apple fans will likely buy the device, however, no matter what dock connector Apple chooses, said one analyst.
iPhone rumors are beginning to flow freely as we approach the rumored October release date, another rumor confirmed in the Reuters report. Yet, every time a rumor makes its way to the tech blogs or is “confirmed” by large, respectable news sources such as Reuters or the Wall Street Journal, it´s easy to wonder what Tim Cook was talking about when he said Apple was “doubling down” on secrecy.
It´s possible, of course, that Cook only wants to double-down on certain aspects of their business. After all, in the weeks leading up to his All Things D conference where he made these secrecy claims, Apple made their list of suppliers publicly available, a list which had been closely guarded for years. Now, as we´ve seen the same iPhone case and components on several different sites, perhaps Cook´s Apple isn´t as concerned with keeping the design a secret as they are hiding what the phone is capable of.
We´ll know for sure in 3 months.