iLounge is reporting on some information they have received regarding Apple’s forthcoming iOS devices. The report claims that the dock connector coming in new devices will have just 8 pins as compared to the 30 pin connector we’ve all come to know over the years of iPods and iPhones. It’s worth noting other rumors have stated that the new dock connector will have 19 pins.
One of the report’s sources claims that these new connectors may support either orientation, which means the user does not have to make sure the cable is right-side-up before connecting, as we do today with the current 30 pin dock connectors. The report also notes MagSafe technology, the same used on Apple’s notebook power connectors, could be utilized in this new connector, not for attachment, but rather for righting the connection.
Lastly, the report mentions a new feature in iOS 6 that could utilize the new Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity standard, which would reportedly open up new venues for inter-device communication. No word on what features might be introduced with this technology however. Of course, there is plenty of speculation. The report suggests that the feature could be used to transmit iMessages to an iPod nanos for display as one application. A novel idea.
At any rate, the new iPhone and possibly a new “iPad mini” are expected to be announced at a rumored September 12th media event. We’ll keep you informed.