According to iMore, Apple may possibly introduce a reworked dock connector for iOS devices in the nearest future, switching to a smaller port. The report claimed it would be a strictly technology-driven change to provide some extra room in the iPhone and other cases where space was at a priority.
The source didn’t elaborate when and how exactly the port would be reduced. Though the upcoming iPhone update was referred to as possible target, the report mentioned it more as the device most likely to profit from a smaller connector than out of any certain knowledge. The iPad doesn’t require the change so urgently considering its size.
The rumor is far from corroborated, but it comes from a website that may have accurately pinpointed the iPad 3 launch on March 7th based on confirming reports. The Cupertino device maker is also known to have filed for a patent on a faster, smaller dock port that is said to enable additional features with the extra bandwidth as well as improve sync speeds. Though unlikely to resort to exotic technology such as Thunderbolt to sync, but Apple could design it counting on USB 3.0 on Macs.
Now that Wi-Fi and cloud syncing have reduced the necessity to physically connect to a computer, the dock has become less significant to the company than in previous years. However, accessories would still require it, and it may cause confusion if computer firms need to redesign accessories or make adapters.