Reuters Confirms a Smaller Dock Connector and Relocated Headphone Jack on Next iPhone

Apple iPod Dock USB 2Reuters seems to confirm circulating rumors and expectations that Apple will be moving from the traditional 30-pin dock connector to a smaller 19-pin version for its next generation iPhone:

The iPhone 5, Apple's next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom", two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Reuters also seems to confirm that the headphone jack of the new iPhone will move to the bottom of the device, as shown here:

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This image shows the new dock-connector and headphone jack location (right) as compared to the currently shipping iPhone 4S (left).

Reuters notes this will represent a big opportunity for accessory manufacturers as customers upgrade their existing accessories to new 19-pin compatible ones. Apple launched the original 30-pin dock connector with the 3rd generation iPod in 2003. Subsequent iPods, iPhones and iPads have shipped with the port and resulted in a large ecosystem of compatible accessories. The first report that Apple would be replacing their dock connector with a miniaturized one came in February 2012 from iMore.

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Top Rated Comments

Feed Me Avatar
137 months ago
Is that a freaking joke? you mean all the accessories that i have bought would be obsolete soon? Way to tell people to use Android instead, Apple!

Bet you can't wait to plug your Samsung nexus galaxy chocolate sponge cake world edition with tingling sense HD powered by android 4.1 beta with 3D into your iPod dock. :rolleyes:
Score: 107 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Icaras Avatar
137 months ago
Earhone on the bottom? Cumbersome.
This is actually a welcome change for me. I hate having to always flip my iPhone vertically when putting it in my pocket.
Score: 68 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
137 months ago
Is that a freaking joke? you mean all the accessories that i have bought would be obsolete soon? Way to tell people to use Android instead, Apple!

Oh boy, two dock connectors! Thank god Android isn't fragmented at all. :rolleyes:
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
137 months ago
Is that a freaking joke? you mean all the accessories that i have bought would be obsolete soon? Way to tell people to use Android instead, Apple!

Yeah, I mean it's only been 9 years afterall...
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sinsin07 Avatar
137 months ago
Earhone on the bottom? Cumbersome.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Skika Avatar
137 months ago
Time to move on.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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