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Accessory Manufacturers Fear Missing Holiday Sales Rush as Apple Remains Mum on New iOS Device Dock Connector

With a number of reports and now photos supporting the idea that Apple will be introducing a significantly smaller dock connector for its iOS devices in the coming weeks, iLounge reports that Apple's lack of advance notice is causing concern for accessory manufacturers worried that they will not be able to have new accessories ready in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season.
With only two weeks remaining before the expected debut of the next-generation iPhone, Apple has not offered third-party developers the components or engineering details necessary to build docking accessories for the new device—the first iOS product expected to ship without Apple’s now-ubiquitous 30-pin Dock Connector, which will soon be replaced across all future Apple pocket and tablet devices. Noting the time required to manufacture and ship new products, the sources suggest that new iPhone-specific electronic add-ons will likely miss the upcoming holiday season, apart from whatever accessories are released by Apple itself.

Accessory manufacturers also remain concerned over what technical and licensing restrictions Apple will be using with the new dock connector, as well as whether new circuitry will prevent their existing product from working with Apple's next-generation products even with an adapter.

Some accessory manufacturers have apparently been working hard to try to stay ahead of the competition, with a leaked micro-USB/Apple mini dock power adapter from Scosche showing up briefly earlier this week before the company requested that the images be removed. It is unclear how Scosche has been able to source new dock connector parts if Apple has not been working with accessory manufacturers, so it is unknown whether Scosche will have the parts in sufficient quantity to launch its accessories alongside or soon after the debut of the new iPhone.

Update 11:23 AM: iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz tells us that neither Scosche nor any other accessory manufacturer has access to the actual parts. They are all simply designing product based on their best guesses from what has leaked so far.

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58 months ago
Accessory manufacturers are leaping for joy continuously over Apple's decision to change the dock connector.

They are going to have tens of millions of new customers (eventually 100s of millions).

The fact that the timing is bad for them vs. the next Christmas shopping season seems like a relatively small, shor-term problem.

If I were them I'd quit complaining and count my blessings.

Anyway, Apple isn't going to give up the competitive advantage they enjoy by not previewing their products just to make the accessory maker's lives more convenient.
Rating: 7 Votes
58 months ago
If accessory manufacturers want to get ahead, they need to listen to this one thing:

Give me more AirPlay speakers and I won't need a dock except for my bedside.
Rating: 5 Votes
58 months ago
Eh, so what?

Who cares? Most iPhone owners won't be buying new phones and how much more crap that we barely use does anyone really need?
Rating: 4 Votes
58 months ago
It's gonna be hilarious when the new iPhone releases and still has the existing dock connector. :D
Rating: 4 Votes
58 months ago
About 95% of the market will still be using the old connector well into next year. I think there will be plenty of people to sell stuff to this Christmas.
Rating: 3 Votes
58 months ago
Thats why you manufacturer in China...they can retool a production line 60 times faster than American unions.
Rating: 2 Votes
58 months ago
quite like the look of this, looks much more robust - and less prone to get clogged with dust.
Rating: 2 Votes
58 months ago

Isn't the USB spec limited to 5 meters?

Probably but still proves his point that cheap Chinese manufactures build and ship without doing any quality control.

My 99 cent with free shipping micro usb cable stopped working after a few months but the name brand I got to replace it hasn't had a hiccup.
Rating: 2 Votes
58 months ago
Um, I think EVERYBODY is missing the truth here (the accessory makers, MacRumors, the forum people, everybody). The truth is that Apple will be coming out with a 30-pin to 9-pin ADAPTER that makes old accessories work with the new 9-pin connector. NOBODY will be left hanging at all this holiday season. Not customers, not accessory makers, nobody.
Rating: 1 Votes
57 months ago

Of course, but some docks do not do that. I'm just saying that it's not like the other guy said; not all accessories will still work.

And that's why I said "it depends" :D

It's funny though... if you bought a speaker dock that the iPhone fits into... and it's based on the exact dimensions of the iPhone... and you're gambling on the fact that those dimensions will never change... that might have been a bad purchase.

I mean... did people really think Apple would keep the iPhone 4 shape and size forever?

Luckily... many iDevice speaker docks are open on the top... so it might not be that much of an issue. Or you can always sell your old speaker dock... there will still be people using 30-pin iPhones for a while.

But yeah... there might be some accessories that are left out in the cold. I guess that's to be expected.
Rating: 1 Votes

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