iPhone 5 to sport smaller dock connector, new adapter?

Reports are claiming that the new iPhone will have a smaller dock connector than the existing 30-pin port.

Reports are claiming that the new iPhone will have a smaller dock connector than the existing 30-pin port.

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The rumour first began circulating in October last year, with the mill heating up in May, saying that the iPhone 5 will have a new dock connector among other refinements such as a bigger screen. Reuters is reporting that the phone will come with a 19-pin connector in order to make room for the earphone jack being repositioned to the base of the phone.

While a new port may cause havoc for third-party manufacturers, yet another report said that Apple will have an adapter ready to go at the time of the iPhone 5's launch. It wouldn't be the first time that Apple has refined the design for an existing connector; an updated version of the MagSafe power adapter was announced with the new MacBooks last month.

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