Reuters has confirmed that Apple will switch to a 19-pin dock connector for its next-generation handset. By reducing the port’s size, the company will be able to move the headphone jack into a more convenient position, to the bottom of the device.
While rumors about a “mini dock” for the iPhone 5 have been around for some time now, reports detailing the 19-pin size of the new dock connector first emerged just over a month ago. Although the smaller port is expected to be incompatible with existing accessories, it will allow Apple to streamline its product designs and make devices with a smaller form factor and a larger, more powerful battery.
However, the company will reportedly take care of those frustrated about the inevitable compatibility issues. In particular, Apple is expected to provide a kind of adaptor, allowing them to use the 19-pin handset with legacy accessories designed for the 30-pin connection.
Claims of a smaller port have also been backed up by numerous iPhone 5 photos and third-party cases that have surfaced online in recent weeks. On the leaked images, the handset is depicted with a headphone jack shifted to the bottom.
Other leaked parts suggest Apple’s next-generation handset will feature a larger 4-incn screen with an aspect ratio of 16:9, a centered FaceTime camera and the same circular home button. The upcoming device is also thought to make use of in-cell multitouch technology that would allow Apple to shrink the thickness of its flagship product even more.