If you’ve been keeping up with the latest in next-generation iPhone rumors, you know that the handset is expected to feature a new, smaller dock connector.

The speculation started with a report back in February of this year, and the revamped port has since been seen in a number of leaked next-gen iPhone parts

This morning, Reuters adds its weight to the theory:

“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.

That would mean the new phone would not connect with the myriad of accessories such as speakers and power chargers that form part of the ecosystem around iPods, iPads and iPhones, without an adapter.”

The story jibes with a previous report from TechCrunch, who also believes that Apple’s next smartphone will feature a 19-pin dock connector, and seems to confirm other claims that the headphone jack will be moved to the bottom of the device.

It’s also worth noting that a similar miniaturized dock connector has been spotted in a handful of purported leaked ‘iPad mini’ cases. And Apple was recently granted a patent┬áthat was based on reducing the size of a device’s charging port.

The sixth-generation iPhone is believed to already be in production in eastern China, and is expected to debut sometime this fall.

What are your thoughts on the smaller dock connector?

[9to5Mac]

  • it sucks, now we need to buy new chargers

    • You don’t need to buy new charger.If you buy iPhone 5(Apple’s next generation iPhone) ,you’ll get free charger from Apple.Lol

      • So that only works if you are willing to carry around that new fancy charger. Many of us have long since purchased dock stands, alarm clocks, speakers etc that use the standard 30 pin connector. Why not drop the USB end and make it a thunderbolt to 19pin so we all have to rush out and buy a new MacBook to charge it.

  • I don’t really care the pins.The usb cable need to be longer

    • Then just buy one…

      • yes, because that is the Apple way… BUY BUY BUY. Buy some new speakers and alarm clocks and charging docks because you need the latest and greatest.

        I wish everyone would just get together and use ONE standard plug located on the bottom so docks would work universally and have to buy things tailored to specific devices.

        I look at the new dock as a way for Apple to force everyone into switching to AirPlay speakers.

        You shouldn’t have to buy simple little adapters… for instance, the HDMI adapter or the SD / USB camera adapter for the iPad. Apple could have easily included those, but it’s a way for them to milk another $70 out of you for $5 in plastic and some cheap little circuit boards.

      • I got a 10 ft USB cable for $2 free shipping. So…

      • D.

        I’m with you on this and coming from apple, this “adapter” will not necessarily fit with non-apple accessories (iphone fm transmitters and car chargers, etc).
        But I guess if they wanted the headphone jack on the bottom of the phone, that new 19-pin dock was necessary, no?

  • Primo Sidone

    I’m sure Apple will surprise us with a cool solution for using older accessories. Maybe some kind of wireless NFC adapter? Would that be even possible? Don’t know much about NFC.

    • Again, it will be Apple looking to sell you something in addition to make your new iPhone work with your old accessories. Greed greed greed.

  • and why is the headphone connector in the bottom?

    • Infone

      Don’t you put your phone in your pocket upside down too?

    • ik i hate it too, its stupid i like my 4s better

  • Headphone jack on the bottom makes no logical sense too me at all!!! This enter be part of a much bigger plan for me to consider upgrading. Yes… Just because of that! Only reason I see for this is to create more restrictions for accessory design.

  • 1337lolzorz

    Better speakers at the bottom would definately be worth a switch in dock connector type

  • MagicDrumSticks

    I, for one, welcome the dock connector change. It was needlessly big to begin with. Android phones always use mini USB which I adore, less space to get dust into, better looking etc.

  • I’m not happy with te change. I’ve spent several hundred dollars on accessories for the iPhone, eg stereo, portable charger. I’ll be buggered if I’m going to spend that again just because of a new port.
    The best thing about iPhone is the fact that they all work with the same stuff if you upgrade, everything is designed to work with the iPhone / iPod. But this new design goes against all that and forces people to start again with their accessories and gear
    Not a fan

  • We need to put upside down into our pocket then… different from previous ones

  • plumplum

    It sucks, big time..
    I am guessing that this will piss off a number of up-till-now loyal users who will say “Frack this for a lark, I’ll get something else…”
    I for one will not be getting any thing with a smaller pin… I am like many here with a certain a mount of gear directed towards the current standard..
    I just hope they are having a gentle sort of joke with us…