More reports about a revamped dock connector for the iPhone emerged this week, with one blog showing a smaller port.
Earlier this week, the U.K.’s Mobilefun posted several images of the reported next-gen iPhone, which included a dock connector that was “much smaller [and] similar in size to micro USB.”
TechCrunch then reported last night that it had “independently verified” that Apple was working on a 19-pin port for the iPhone, which would replace the existing 30-pin port.
The port will be similar to the MacBook’s Thunderbolt port, but with a different pin-out, TechCrunch said.
The news comes several weeks after Apple posted job listings for a Connector Design Engineer and Product Design Eng — Connector.
Reports about a smaller dock connector have been making the rounds for months. But we likely won’t find out if they’re true until the fall, when Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone with iOS 6.
A change to the 30-pin dock connector would, naturally, make existing docking systems incompatible with future iDevices, unless Apple released some sort of adapter.
Earlier this month, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) announced that it had agreed on a new SIM card standard, and the option pushed by Apple was the victor.