The iPhone 5 won’t just sport a new look when it is released this fall, according to a variety of sources it will also have a smaller dock connector.
The new smaller iPhone 5 dock connector may be sized similar to a Micro USB port, but the latest rumors suggests that this new iPhone 5 dock connector will be anything but normal.
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The new iPhone 5 dock connector uses 19-pins instead of 30-pins and looks smaller and thinner. This new dock connector will pave the way for control of our iPhones and advances in iPhone size, features and durability.
5 Reasons the iPhone 5 Will Use a Smaller Dock Connector
Robert Scoble shares details on the new Micro Dock connector for the iPhone 5, found in Jason D. O’Grady’s rant on Apple’s desire to control the iPhone accessory ecosystem. Scoble outlines five reasons Apple wants to move to a smaller, smarter iPhone 5 dock connector. The source of these reasons is an engineer, “working in the phone world.”
Smarter iPhone 5 Cables
The biggest reason Apple will love a new iPhone 5 dock connector is the possibility to include chips in each end of iPhone 5 cables which verify if a device is licensed. If a charger or iPhone accessory is not licensed from Apple, the cable could refuse to work.
On one hand, the smarter cable could prevent hazards of using poorly built accessories, but on the other hand it could easily annoy and frustrate users looking for cheap cables and accessories.
Thinner iPhone 5
Just as we saw with the Magsafe 2 connection on the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Apple changes ports to allow for smaller devices.
Rumors suggest Apple is trying to deliver an iPhone 5 under 7.99mm thin, which requires re-thinking and re-engineering the iPhone and its many parts.
According to Scoble and his engineer source, the new Phone 5 dock connector will make water damage less of a possibility on the iPhone 5 and future Apple devices.
It’s not clear how this Apple will accomplish this, but it stands to reason a smaller recessed port is less likely to suffer from a splash or a spill than the current 30-pin dock connector. Apple has reportedly talked to HzO, a company that waterproofs gadgets as shown in the video above.
Perhaps the best news, especially for users who have trouble plugging the iPhone in at night is the possibility for a magnetic connection on the iPhone 5 dock connector.
Apple has various patents on a MagSafe connection for the iPhone and iPad, and if done right it could eliminate the need to flip and try to plug cables in at night or while driving.
Siri needs to ‘hear’ users to provide accurate actions and answers, and with a renewed focus on call quality coming in the form of HD Voice, Apple could choose to place better microphones.
Scoble suggest that this new array of microphones could deliver better sound quality in noisy environments. Apple includes dual array microphones on the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Stay tuned fo the latest iPhone 5 news and rumors.