iPhone 5 rumors 'confirmed': Apple ditches dock connector

The iPhone 5 rumors are confirmed (perhaps 'triangulated' would be a better word). Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will ditch the classic 30-pin dock connector that it's used since the early days of iPods. Its replacement will be another proprietary port, again incompatible with anything else. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are either scandalized or can't wait to buy the next shiny.

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By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: It's time to pay for Matt Harding's vacation again...

John Biggs has "independently verified" the rumors:

Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port...a move that will surely send shocks through the...accessory ecosystem.


The new port...is similar in size to the [MacBook] Thunderbolt port...but I’ve been told by three independent manufacturers that the pin-out will be different.


Apple’s 30-pin ports have been the standard since...the third generation iPod...offer[ing] structural stability...[but] Apple is more concerned with space savings.      

John Cox and Mark Hattersley rounds out the roundup:

Apple’s focus on continuously shrinking its devices has seen...the company...looking at shrinking down the Dock connector. ... [Or] Apple will look to remove the dock connector...replacing it with a MagSafe-style charging system...and using an exclusively wireless syncing system.


This has led to speculation about inductive charging. ... Any removal of the dock connector would...hardly [be] likely to encourage speaker [dock] owners to buy a new phone.      

Jason D. O'Grady, for one, welcomes our putative new overlords:

I’ve always detested Apple’s dreadful 30-pin “Dock Connector” and its associated cable.


It’s proprietary [so] if you want to charge or sync your iOS device, you need to buy [a cable] from Apple. ... the Apple Dock Connector cable [is] half as short and 32 times more expensive than Micro USB.


The connector itself is enormous. ... [It's] the only reason that the iPod nano is as large as it is.


It’s illegal. The European Commission...requir[es] all mobile phones to [use a] Micro USB charging connector.


I will happily dance a jig on the Dock Connector’s grave.      

But Calob Horton ain't so happy:

Obviously, Apple hasn’t...given any statement...but this new dock connector has been rumored for some time. ... I think these rumors and leaks are...good indications of what Apple will introduce...[which] upsets me to no end.


[The] insanely-ubiquitous 30-pin – is basically a standard. ... But this new connector will ruin that for Apple...consumers; and...the manufacturers that make accessories. ... In other words, Apple’s back to making proprietary ports that make no sense.


Are standards just too easy for Apple to use? ... I pity the leaders at Apple who have a difficult time understanding how the rest of the mobile phone industry works and prospers...but we are talking about a company that loves to dictate everything about its products.      

Wait; don't we usually whisper the phrase "release date" by now? Jonny Evans obliges:

Apple's all but told us when the iPhone 5 is going to ship...we'll be waiting until Fall...as that's when iOS 6 is set to ship...and with the second Tuesday in September being the 11th...we'll see it launch in the third week...at the earliest.      



And Finally...

It's time to pay for Matt Harding's vacation again...

Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

...plus you can donate to Matt's seven worthy causes.

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