Over the past few months, we’ve been hearing reports that the next-generation of iOS devices, starting with the next-generation iPhone, will be equipped with a new, smaller Dock connector. The current dock connector has 30 pins to make the connection. The new dock connector has been rumored to have as few as 8 pins, to as many as 19 pins.
Regardless of the number of pins, a new photo posted by Nowhereelse.fr suggests that the size of the dock connector will be smaller than originally thought, as the inside of the dock port is lined with, what to my eyes, is a metal grommet. It remains uncertain what purpose this ring, located inside the cutout serves, but some including myself hope it has MagSafe-like functionality. Just get the cable close enough, and the magnet will take care of the rest.
Just like the discovery made yesterday, wherein the latest beta of iOS 6 scales to 1136×640, which seemingly confirms rumors of a larger display in the next-generation iPhone, this detail seems to confirm that the new iPhone will indeed have a smaller dock connector. I suppose we’ll see when Apple introduces the new iPhone at their rumored September 12th, media event.
Image courtesy of Nowhereelse.fr.