Apple iPhone dock connector to ‘be ditched’
APPLE is planning to replace the dock connector on its iPad, iPhone and iPod with a smaller ‘micro’ version, reports suggest.
The micro-dock could render millions of existing gadgets incompatible with new Apple products.
A burgeoning industry of Apple accessories has grown up since the firm launched its first iPod, with docks now becoming increasingly popular in hotel rooms around the world.
Reports claim that the smaller dock would allow Apple to squeeze larger batteries and other ‘more important’ components into the iPhone’s existing format.
Although all major phone companies, including Apple, have signed up to an EU plan to use the Micro-USB standard for all phone charging plugs, the firm is not thought to currently be pursuing that aim.
Website iMore reports that the change to a micro-dock would be in line with the previous moves to take the antenna out of the iPhone and instead run it around the edge. It has also adopted the smaller micro-sim standard.
“The dock connector as it exists now is a relatively big component that takes up, while not a lot of space compared to the entire assembly, a lot of space compared to the difference between mini and micro SIM,” writes the website.
While other mobile phone manufacturers have increasingly enlarged their mobile phones, in particular to accommodate technology needed for new 4G networks, Apple has endeavoured to keep its iPhone smaller.
New Apple services, such as iCloud and Airplay, mean that the need to physically plug an iPhone into a computer has diminished.
iMore suggests that Apple would provide an adapter to make new products compatible with older accessories.
In June 2010, technology blog The Future Archive predicted that Apple would replace the dock connector with a smaller version in June this year. Apple did not respond to requests for comment.