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Monday 20 November 2017

Apple users fit to revolt as iPhone connector gets smaller

Jane Bridgewater in New York

APPLE faces a furious backlash from iPhone users after it emerged yesterday that the firm plans to bring out a new dock connector.

The wide port -- which has been a standard on Apple gadgets for nearly a decade -- will be discontinued when the iPhone 5 is launched later this year.

According to the unofficial Apple news site iMore, Apple will be making an adaptor available, although it is unclear if this will be bundled with the iPhone 5 or just sold as an accessory.

According to sources, the iPhone 5, Apple's next-generation iPhone, which is expected to go on sale on September 21, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the usual 30-pin port.

The aim is apparently to make room on the bottom of the device so that the earphone jack can be relocated from its current position on the top of the phone.

But it also means the new phone would not connect to standard docking stations without an adaptor.

Some analysts queried why Apple had not switched to a connector such as Micro-USB earlier, but the company has always taken an individual approach to its technology and operating systems.

Irish Independent

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