The iPhone's dock connector is about to go on a diet. Multiple sites are reporting that Apple will replace the venerable 30-pin dock connector with a smaller port for the next model, the so-called "iPhone 5."
The site MobieFun first published renderings of what appear to be a redesigned iPhone, although their origin is unknown. The site says at least one manufacturer believes the images are accurate, and is already planning cases on the designs. They show a phone with a bigger screen that's even thinner than the current iPhone 4S, and it sports a small connection port on the bottom.
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Following that report, TechCrunch said it had confirmed with sources that Apple was "working on adding" a 19-pin port for the new iPhone.
As we had pointed out months ago when rumors about a revamped iPhone dock connector began circulating, the change makes a great deal of sense and is probably overdue. The current dock connector on the iPhone is significantly larger than the micro USB ports on most phones today.
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While it's highly unlikely Apple would ever give up having a proprietary connector on its devices, shrinking its size would give its engineers more room to play with in within the casing. Technologies such as near-field communication (NFC) and improved cameras demand both space and bigger batteries from phones, and the phones themselves are getting thinner. Every scrap of room inside is valuable.
In addition to the shrunken connector, the renderings show an iPhone with a 4-inch screen (the current model's is 3.5 inches) that measures 2.3 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches -- about .07 inches thinner than the iPhone 4S. Also, the headphone jack has been repositioned to the bottom of the phone.
What do you think of the possibility of a smaller dock connector on the iPhone? Would it make that much difference to you? Let us know in the comments.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.
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