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Possible Photo of 'iPad Mini' Dock Connector Flex Cable with Headphone Jack at Bottom

Nowhereelse.fr shares [Google translation] a new photo of what it believes may be a flex cable component for the "iPad mini", housing Apple's smaller dock connector, the headphone jack, and the home button connector. The layout of the component is similar to that of a part said to be for the next-generation iPhone that surfaced back in May.

The report notes that Kyle Wiens of iFixit has offered his thoughts on the photo, with Wiens reporting that it is indeed consistent with being an Apple component but that he is unable to confirm its authenticity. The part does bear a close resemblance to the part claimed to be for the next-generation iPhone, and it also carries a part number in the style of Apple's other iOS device flex cable components.


Possible iPad mini dock connector/headphone jack component with similar part from next iPhone shown for comparison

The most troublesome aspect of the part is the location of the headphone jack directly next to the dock connector. While evidence has accumulated suggesting that Apple will be moving the headphone jack to this location on the next-generation iPhone, case leaks, design drawings, and physical mockups have so far all suggested that the headphone jack will be located on the top edge of the iPad mini, as found on the full-size iPad.

Related roundup: iPad mini

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25 months ago
I always put my iphone in my pocket upside down so I'm glad they're putting the headphone jack on the bottom.
Rating: 33 Votes
25 months ago
Maybe the headphone jack position has something to do with the adapter for the old dock connector.

Suggested by a blogger:

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PS: In before "This is not called iPhone 5" posts! :D

PPS: NOT in before (I know, you were joking): ;)

Blah blah double down on secrecy blah blah.

Blah, Steve would never have allowed this blah blah.

Rating: 15 Votes
25 months ago
Blah blah double down on secrecy blah blah.

Blah, Steve would never have allowed this blah blah.
Rating: 10 Votes
25 months ago

Blah blah double down on secrecy blah blah.

Blah, Steve would never have allowed this blah blah.


Steve's double-downing needs to be snappier!
Rating: 9 Votes
25 months ago

Do you mean iPad, or have you just completely been fooled into thinking the iPad came out in 2007?...


Erm, of course I mean iPad, why else would I specifically say iPad...?

EDIT: Perhaps you were referring to docking my iPad in my car? In which case I assure you I do dock my iPad in my car...

Rating: 8 Votes
25 months ago

Maybe the headphone jack position has something to do with the adapter for the old dock connector.

Suggested by a blogger:

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What that image suggests is that the analog audio cannot be transferred through the new Dock Connector alone! It requires the headphone jack output in addition to the new Dock Connector to go to the old Dock Connector. Either:

1. No more audio through the new Dock Connector. That would be terrible.
2. Digital "optical" audio through the new Dock Connector. Wouldn't that be a big improvement?
3. Still analog through new Dock Connector, but they decided to make it take the headphone jack too for some reason. Maybe just for physical stability?[COLOR="#808080"]
Rating: 6 Votes
25 months ago

The headphone jack placement is perfect since I always put my ipad in my pocket upside-down.


I always put my iPad in my SHIRT pocket.

Rating: 5 Votes
25 months ago

Looks legit. Probably won't use the headphone anyway, but the bottom seems like the worst location for the jack (for portrait viewing while sitting or laying down, the jack will be in your lap/chest). ??

IMO its better on the bottom so the chord isn't in the way of the screen.

Also get a bluetooth headphones

Radio
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago

Why is it related to the number of pins? USB doesn't have 9 pins and you can have digital audio as well as power and other stuff too.


USB3 has 9 pins.
Rating: 4 Votes
25 months ago
Looks more legit than any previous leak.

The other ones were probably fake and the headphone jack will probably be at the bottom for the sake of uniformity with the iPhone.

We could also see a 30pin to 9 pin connector adapter that plugs into the headphone jack for more stability, this would be compatible with it.
Rating: 3 Votes

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