New iPhone plug? There's an adapter for that, says report

Apple's rumored move to a new dock connector in the iPhone will be eased with an interim adapter, a new report claims.

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Apple's existing iOS 30-pin connector.
Apple's existing iOS 30-pin connector. Josh Lowensohn/CNET

If Apple does, in fact, have a new plug in the bottom of its next iPhone, car kits, and other third-party accessories won't be left in the dust thanks to an adapter, according to a new report.

Citing the same sources that gave it the hint about a smaller, pill-shaped adapter earlier this year, iMore says Apple will have an adapter ready to go with the launch its next iPhone that lets the new plug work with the existing 30-pin accessories.

As iMore points out, Apple offered a similar adapter with the introduction of its newer MagSafe power technology last month. The newer plug model was made thinner to follow design cues from the company's updated notebook line. That adapter, which Apple sells for $9.99, is currently included as a free pack-in in the company's 27-inch Thunderbolt Display.

The report follows one from Reuters, which earlier today said Apple's next iPhone will sport the rumored smaller adapter plug. That rumor has been kicking around since October of last year, though gained some steam with a report from iMore back in February.

A change in dock technology would be the first from Apple since its transition from Firewire to USB in 2005. Since then, its dock connector has remained the same, while the company has shrunk its adapters and cable connectors. The move would have a considerable impact on the third-party accessory market, which has relied on that same spec to sell products that work with several generations worth of iOS devices.