Rumor: Apple’s iOS dock ports headed for a diet

Apple's latest iOS plug, not all that different technology-wise from the first 30-pin dock plug.


What’s one thing that’s basically stayed pretty much the same throughout the entire lifespan of iOS devices? The dock port.

But that could change soon, according to a new report. iMore says that Apple is on the cusp of switching to a smaller version as part of a move to save space and make room for other components in its portable devices.

How soon that change is headed to a device is as unclear as ever though. iMore suggests it won’t be the next iPad, but could be the next iPhone.

This is not the first such mention of Apple moving to a smaller dock connector standard, a move that would cause a considerable shake-up in the world of third-party gadgets with built-in dock connectors. A report from Japanese Apple-centric blog Macotakara in October claimed that the company was working on a miniaturized dock that would feature the same number of pins and make it into Apple’s next iPad.

For its part, Apple has miniaturized the external parts that co… [Read more]

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