Among the many changes we’re expecting to see in the next-generation iPhone, the new dock connector is one of the most interesting. This will be the first time Apple has changed up the handset’s port since its inception.

We don’t know much about the new connector other than that we think it has 9 pins. And according to these new photos of what is believed to be the sync cable for the new iPhone, it’s about the same size as a standard micro USB…

Our friends over at Nowhereelse.fr just published a handful of new pictures of three alleged next-generation iPhone sync cables compared to a micro USB. As originally reported, it looks like the two connectors are fairly similar in size.

“New images released on Saturday compare what appear to be a Micro-A USB cable with the smaller 9-pin dock connector Apple is rumored to be deploying with the sixth-generation iPhone, showing the two components share almost identical dimensions.

The side-by-side comparison shots from French blog nowhereelse.fr were furnished by the same tipster who reportedly sent in some of the first images of Apple’s alleged smaller dock connector in August.”

If you’re only counting 8 gold pins on the connector, it’s because that’s all there is. The metal shell is said to be serving as the ninth contact, which is one of the reasons we believe that the charger will be orientation-independent (reversible).

Common sense tells us that Apple would not be replacing its trusty old 30-pin dock connector, and disrupting its thriving accessory ecosystem, unless it had something much better in mind. So we’re excited to see what it’s come up with.

Next Wednesday can’t come soon enough.

  • WatchTheThrone

    Hope it’s like MagSafe

  • Wow.. the second picture taken really interesting… look out the DIsplay below the dock connector.. that’s Android Phone Right? 🙂

  • What is up with Apple and not accepting / adopting currently available standards? What makes my iPhone so special that it can’t have a µUSB port?

    • Michael Scrip

      Yeah… there’s nothing preventing Apple from adopting a current standard today.

      But… are you against the idea of the dock connector altogether?

      Think back to 2003 when Apple made the dock connector. MicroUSB didn’t exist. Hell… MiniUSB didn’t exist either.

      So back then… Apple HAD to make their own connector.

      The dock connector didn’t just provide power and data… it also supplied audio in/out, video, etc. A smart move.

      And because of that… look at the range of accessories created for Apple’s dock connector over the years. In hindsight… I think it was actually a great idea.

      Today? Who knows.

      Everybody is screaming for MicroUSB… but it would also need MHL to actually provide all the functions the old Apple dock connector provided. (MicroUSB by itself only gives you power and data)

      I just think it’s funny that people want standards now… but they were more than happy to use the old Apple dock connector, and all the accessories it spawned all those years ago.

      If you think about it… the Apple dock connector WAS a standard on its own… and it really only had one slight revision in its entire history. That’s actually pretty remarkable.

      Now think back to the good ol’ days… where each manufacturer had their OWN plug.

      Then they all wised up and settled on MiniUSB.

      Oops… that wasn’t good enough… so they all went to MicroUSB.

      Seems like the other guys were a lot more schizophrenic than Apple. 🙂

      • disqusted

        I have to disagree. Your logic is flawed, as I see it. You said that originally, every manufacturer had their own proprietary connector. That would include Apple’s dock connector. What made them so special over anyone else? That their connector could transfer A/V? I don’t think they were especially brilliant for that idea, after all, they were selling a multimedia device. If we’re talking all the way back then, smart phones were not typical by any means. You had specialty devices the Palm, etc. You had cell phones, then you had personal organizers. Phones didn’t need anything more than power or data. What Apple did is to add a phone to their multimedia devices. These devices already handled A/V, and they thus required power by default— adding a phone needed nothing extra since power was already existing. On the other hand, as phones began to evolve and integrate A/V functionality, more than power was needed. Connectors had to change. Essentially, Apple was lucky in that aspect. That they didn’t have to add things.

        I’m not denying Apple has been innovative, but your claim that all of the other manufacturers are “schizophrenic” for following two standards changes over 20 years is a bit ridiculous. There were also many improvements as an incentive to go to micro, it wasn’t just a rash random decision. As I mentioned in my other post the wisest idea Apple could do is put out their newest connector that will ALSO support industry standards, which is entirely possible. Then they give their customers a choice, and the best of both worlds.

        BTW, Apple’s tiny change caused hundreds of dollars worth of accessories of mine to stop working. I had to buy an adapter from a third-party to make it all work again. Well, I say that; the adapter adds additional bulk and a different shape, so it didn’t allow the new devices to fit the older accessories. Not Apple’s fault on the adapter— but if it weren’t for the 3rd-party, I’d just be SOL, considering Apple never bothered making an adapter last time. Now they want to be the exclusive up front to get an adapter. Great profit considering I’m sure it will be ridiculously priced like their $20 cables. I wonder what that markup is, how many thousand percent?

        Regardless, change is expected and inherent to technology. My only point here is Apple is not the brilliant, innocent party that’s saved everyone money (vs anyone else). They’re no better or worse, at best.

        P.S. Schizophrenia is not synonymous with decision to change. Are you one who still thinks schizophrenia means multiple personalities? Two totally different things. “Finicky”, or “unreliable” or something might have been a better fit for your over zealous statement about their rate of change…

      • Michael Scrip

        Yes…. Apple made their own Dock Connector in 2003 for iPods. But because it had so many pins… it had a bunch of functionality from the start… with lots of potential for future capabilities. And they basically kept that same connector for the next 9 years.

        Eventually you were able to hook up all sorts of stuff into iPhones and iPads. The range of accessories that came out for iDevices is huge. Alarm clocks, boom boxes, MIDI interfaces, guitar preamps, blood pressure meters… the list goes on and on.

        Now… could all those accessories have been made for USB devices? Maybe… but it didn’t happen. So who’s to know.

        So again… Apple made their own proprietary connector. And in that regard they were no better than those other companies all those years ago.

        BUT… if you look at how the 3rd party market was able to use that connector to make all sorts of accessories… I think it worked out.

        I think I found only 2 speaker docks that use MicroUSB… and they don’t even use the USB connection for audio. You must use Bluetooth or the AUX cable.

        Yet there are hundreds of iPod/iPhone speaker docks.

        Why?

        Because Apple made a connector that did more than the other connectors.

        If the iPhone had the then standard MiniUSB in 2007… there would be no speaker docks for the iPhone. USB only carries power and data.

        Apple’s connector does power and data… plus audio, video, and more.

        Look… I’m all for standards. But if a certain standard won’t provide all the capability that you want for a certain product… I think it’s OK to develop your own.

  • nima

    is this the one they used in the new mac book pro? if not it will be very bad and disappointing. if so its magnetic 100% sure if not 60 % mag.

  • Black one is of Nokia n9..

  • disqusted

    Regarding the comment about Micro USB only supplying power— not a big deal; HTC phones use a special connector to pass HD video and audio. The caveat is that the connector (on/in the phone) is *backwards compatible* with Micro USB. So in this, they can provide only a charge when Micro USB is plugged in, making them compliant with the Micro standard push, without having to sacrifice A/V transfer when the full connector is used. So they have their cake and eat it too. Not sure why Apple couldn’t do or have done similar— I mean, if you’re already going to be destroying direct compatibility (without an adapter, which I hate using) you might as well make sure your new design can take Micro USB as well. At least you’d preserve a large existing base of chargers and cables— but that would mean that it would be possible to buy these cables from any manufacturer, not just Apple. Problem detected! Profits at risk! Destroying idea immediately!