According to TechCrunch, Apple’s next iPhone is highly-expected to feature a dock connector port which carries a lesser amount of pins than the 30-pin dock connector port Apple’s current generation iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, ship with today.
Noting that they’ve been able to ‘confirm’ this, TechCrunch’s John Biggs writes:
Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, we have independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surly send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.
If true, these claims of a smaller 19-pin dock connector would match up with the dock connector ports that we’ve seen in various leaked photos of what are alleged to show next-generation components destined for the device, as well as in the following video provided by repair shop eTradeSupply just a few weeks ago.
TechCrunch concludes its report tonight by noting all three of the independent manufacturers they spoke to regarding this rumor “agreed that the 19-pin dock port is in the works,” and that many accessory manufacturers “are [now] facing an uneasy few months as they wait for official news of the standard to be announced.”
Apple is currently expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, later this year.