TechCrunch confirms new iPhone connector port

After long rumors that the old 30-pin port connector on all current iOS devices would be replaced soon, TechCrunch has independently verified with three sources that a new, smaller 19-pin port will debut with the new iPhone.

According to TechCrunch, three manufacturers independently agreed that the new 19-pin dock port, which currently has an unknown form factor and size, is currently in the works. Its introduction, likely with the new iPhone this fall, would have major repercussions on the huge accessory market for iOS devices. Obviously, accessory manufacturers would be greatly affected by such a dramatic change in hardware interface.

The new port is rumored to be similar in size to the new Thunderbolt ports, according to some leaked videos. However, TechCrunch's sources claim that the pin-out of the new iPhone port will be different from Thunderbolt's.


Look at how thick those iPods used to be!

The current 30-pin connector ports were introduced with the third-generation iPod, all the way back in April of 2003. Since then, it has become the standard for the iOS family of devices: the various models of iPods, iPhones and iPads have all sported the same connector. It's a natural inevitability that the new ports will eventually become the new standard on all these product lines, meaning hundreds of millions of Apple 30-pin cables could suddenly be made obsolete in a few short months, all in the name of saving space in Apple's new devices.

Source: TechCrunch

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This means I wont be getting an iPhone 5. I will use my 4S and iPad 3 util they crumble apart, I love my minimalistic Philips iPhone stereo and my docking stations. Then I guess I had to go back to Android.

It's so funny when all the haters cry about the sheep and changes and blah, blah, blah. But you'll tolerate Google completely botching the Android ecosystem, and Microsoft completely shafting anyone who bought a recent WP7 handset or announcing a product with no details and calling it a revolution. It's good for a laugh but kind of dishonest, to say the least.

It's so funny when all the haters cry about the sheep and changes and blah, blah, blah. But you'll tolerate Google completely botching the Android ecosystem, and Microsoft completely shafting anyone who bought a recent WP7 handset or announcing a product with no details and calling it a revolution. It's good for a laugh but kind of dishonest, to say the least.

bob_c_b said,
It's so funny when all the haters cry about the sheep and changes and blah, blah, blah. But you'll tolerate Google completely botching the Android ecosystem, and Microsoft completely shafting anyone who bought a recent WP7 handset or announcing a product with no details and calling it a revolution. It's good for a laugh but kind of dishonest, to say the least.

Microsoft "shafting" people who bought a WP7 handset? How exactly? Because they're not going to receive an update to WP8? Why should they? WP8 is for a new hardware platform that WP7 devices do not support. WP7 owners will continue to receive software updates to the WP7 branch..

How is any of that dishonest? Nowhere on the advertisements did it promise you an upgrade to WP8. All the features advertised for your phone still work, nothing has been taken away.

Also for the record, the Surface announcement had plenty of detail. Just no details on price and release date, which haven likely not been decided yet and will be based on when Windows 8 is ready.

Would be a good time for Apple to put thunderbolt in all iPhones and iPads if they want thunderbolt to have a chance to be use. Because if they don't then USB3 will be king again.

ACTIONpack said,
Would be a good time for Apple to put thunderbolt in all iPhones and iPads if they want thunderbolt to have a chance to be use. Because if they don't then USB3 will be king again.

This sounds like a much better idea. Instant video-out!

ACTIONpack said,
Would be a good time for Apple to put thunderbolt in all iPhones and iPads if they want thunderbolt to have a chance to be use. Because if they don't then USB3 will be king again.

USB 3.0 is, and will remain, king.

(At least until something more sensible than Thunderbolt comes along.)

trip21 said,
Yeah everyone blindly bins both the current device and all the accessories

You forget about all the cars out there that now come with iDevice 30-pin connectors... Doubt people will be binning their BMW's and Jag's just cause the dock connector changes

Just tow in a beat up VW and put an Apple logo on the front. Now it's the new cool iPhone controlled Apple turbo Racer 6000 KR!

An adapter could be really hard to make and some things might just not work, they are not just making it smaller. It will probably be expensive. USB would have been a logical choice, but let's remember we are talking about Apple here.

MrXXIV said,
I know they're trying to get more space to pack in some really nicer chips.

I've heard that Micro USB is pretty small. Too bad Apple won't ever use a standard cable.

Sartoris said,

I've heard that Micro USB is pretty small. Too bad Apple won't ever use a standard cable.


Makes you wonder, all of those devices with hard dock ports... will the be useless?

Sartoris said,

I've heard that Micro USB is pretty small. Too bad Apple won't ever use a standard cable.

Even if they did adopt Micro USB it would still be in addition to their own connector. As far as I know Micro USB does not include dedicated analog audio and digital video output.

Stetson said,

Even if they did adopt Micro USB it would still be in addition to their own connector. As far as I know Micro USB does not include dedicated analog audio and digital video output.

Using MHL it can output digital video and audio. Not sure if anything can be outputting analog audio over USB or the iphone connectors.

if they do offer some type of adapter, i sure hope that they can make it easy and elegant. it would be a shame if it was bulky.

McKay said,
Don't worry, Apple will happily sell you a $30 adaptor