iPhone 5 May Have New Dock Connector

February 24, 2012

Apple’s iPhone 5 may just be the most uniquely designed iPhone yet. Not only is the device rumored to get a display that is bigger than the previously standard 3.5-inch display that all other iPhones sport, it is also now rumored to be getting a brand spanking new dock connector. And the idea of the iPhone 5 getting a new dock connector is actually a pretty big one, as it would have a huge impact on the accessories that come out for the iPhone 5.

Blog Reports iPhone 5 Might Have New Dock Connector

On Thursday, the tech blog iMore first reported about the possibility of Apple revamping the dock connector in the iPhone 5. According to the site, the new dock connector would be found not only in the iPhone 5, but also in the iPad 3 and the next iPod Touch.

iMore claims that Apple is looking at changing the connector because of the potential space that would be saved. Not only that, but they claim a precedent was set when Apple switched from one type of SIM card slot to another with the iPhone 4. This shows that Apple is not afraid to try something new with the iPhone, especially if it ultimately benefits the device as the SIM card change did with the iPhone 4.

Why Apple is Changing the Dock Connector

Now, as we mentioned above, the change would ultimately happen for one big reason: it would cut down on the amount of space used by the dock connector. Conserving space by reducing the size of the iPhone 5 connector on its own makes sense, as Apple is all about creating products that are sleek and efficient–but that’s not the sole reason for the change.

It’s been mentioned for months now that the iPhone 5 will be getting a better battery and 4G capability. These two components require more space than is found in the current iPhone. If Apple wants to come out with a 4G iPhone 5 with a better battery, they’ve got two options. The first is that they can increase the size of the iPhone 5 (unlikely as Apple seems to think the iPhone’s overall size is perfect for most consumers). The second option is that they can smartly reduce the space eaten up by the other hardware components–which is exactly what they’ll be doing by changing to a smaller dock connector.

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Another good reason for the change is compliance. If Apple implements a standard micro-USB dock connector, this would mean that users would have an easier time finding USB cables that are compatible with their iPhone 5. One of the things that Android has going for it is the fact that most Android phones use the same type of USB cable. If the iPhone 5 has the standard micro-USB dock, it would mean being able to use the same cable to charge your Android phone and your iPhone 5.

What It Means for You

So what does a new iPhone 5 dock connector mean for you? Well, it means that you’re not going to be able to use any of your current iPhone cables with the iPhone 5. It means that any radios that come with a built-in iPod/iPhone cable will not work with the iPhone 5. And it also likely means that the iPhone 4S case won’t work with the iPhone 5 because the dock connector may be in a different location other than on the bottom of the phone.

In short, it means you won’t be able to use your current iPhone accessories with your iPhone 5. Which means you’ll probably be doing some iPhone 5 accessory shopping when the device hits stores.

What Do You Think?

Do you think changing the dock connector is a good move on Apple’s part? Or are you happy with the current iPhone dock connector? Leave us your comment below and give us your opinion on the subject.

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Slyster February 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

In 2009 many cell phone manufacturers (Apple included) agreed to standardize charging ports to micro USB by the year 2012 (in EU). It would make sense to be applicable in the states as well to avoid double manufacturing. The change is a definite bonus to consumers. As for compatibility with existing devices; its still USB – so adapters to the "old" style of iPhone connector to micro will be inevitable, if not included for that reason. I doubt Apple would make it impossible to use the army of devices iPhone owners have marching around their homes and vehicles. The accessories that flooded the market for the iPhone will now be bright and shiny-new with soon-to-be standardized micro USB ports – making them most likely compatible out of the box with multiple phones. Accessories for all!

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Dan February 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

Nooo! I think that the current dock is sooo beauteful!! Please no! :(
Im really sad, I really dont want Tim Cook to change the way apple worked till now.
I hope they will remain with the classical look of the iPhone.

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Stephen February 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I think this is a great idea. My kindle uses the same kind of cable (USB) and changing the cable means I only need one chord.

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lemonlime February 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I'd prefer a original dock as the micro USB dock is a pain . I used it before and it spoilt like 4 times in just over a year , its a hassle to change them every few months , even if they are free .

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Olek February 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I guess every change that lead to squeeze out extra money without reasonable cause is not a good idea

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Unknown February 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I don't honk they will change it because then there would be no such thing as an ihome and all those companies will go out of business

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bubba March 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

That has been Apple's practice the whole time they have been in business. There is no iHome.

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Alex February 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Change is good, and although Apple is an innovator above most in this day-and-age, they also need to take cues from the market and standardization. This will open the market to most that see the device itself not at its base cost but include the added cost of all the peripherals that expands its functionality or simply charge it. I was an iPhone 3G w/ ATT and jumped to the Droid X the first chance I got, because of the service issues mainly. Making this luxury slightly more affordable by saving ~$50+ on chargers and docking is a great selling point to me, and one that will lead me away from Android.

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Steve February 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

About 2 weeks ago I spent a lot of money on a B&W Zepplin (iPod system), and had intended to buy the iPhone 5… I'll be pretty peeved if it doesn't fit! If they include an adapter, then all is forgiven… and in fact it would be a good idea going forward. If not, it becomes a great opportunity for peope who've been wanting to change to another brand, but currently have a lot invested in accessories…

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t_man February 26, 2012 at 4:01 am

i considered switching to Android a couple of times but was reluctant to do so because of all the accessories I have for the iPhone/iPad. If this were to happen (without an adapter) then I might just switch out of principle.

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Ananymous March 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

That's kind of dumb to buy accessories for a phone that has not even came out yet.

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Dave February 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm

i think it will be great for those of us who wish to go from android to i Phones. I can hardly wait for the i Phone 5 to come out in my area.

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sean February 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm

wonder if they can make it connect and charge via a thunderbolt port

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Josiah February 29, 2012 at 4:26 am

That would be amazing. I think there is so much potential with thunderbolt.

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@FridayMcApplebe February 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm

" If the iPhone 5 has the standard micro-USB dock, it would mean being able to use the same cable to charge your Android phone and your iPhone 5."

Are you serious? Since when does apple care about whether or not you can share a cable between an android and an iPhone. They make things different so that when you lose things, you have no choice but to buy another, not supplement your loss with another identical piece you have lying around. They don't care about convenience in that way. Apple has and will always say "This is what we are doing and you are going to like it!" When they change their design, it's because THEY want the change, not us. If they listened to us we would have micro sd card slots in the iPhone and SD card slots in the iPad. We would have had sim cards right away and it wouldn't have taken so long for iPhone to come to every other normal network. We would have flash native capabilities.

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Francis. February 26, 2012 at 3:55 am

That's a terrible idea to change the dock. It's fine just the way it is. I hate micro USB. They always break and ruin the device.

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appleenthusiastdude February 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

I'm sure I'll love what they do, but I really prefer it to be set apart from the other phones by having it's own apple connector. The micro-USB plug just seems clunky and isn't streamlined like the rest of Apple's products. It just isn't as smooth looking. Plus all of the iPod/iPhone music docks wouldn't fit it. I know I won't be especially pleased if the iPhone 5 doesn't fit my Bose SoundDock. Another user said, "When they change their design, it's because THEY want the change, not us". Well yeah, it's their product. If you like it, you'll buy it. If not, don't buy the thing. But they get to decide what their product is, and fairly so. If you haven't noticed, Apple prides itself in being separate from the rest of the market; in contrast to Android phones, they don't like to have movable parts on their iOS devices, i.e. removable batteries etc., making for a very solid feeling product.

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Eric February 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

It will be disgraceful for Apple to expect current iPhone users to upgrade their accessories because a new dock will be a feature of iPhone 5. Apple should consider providing a compatible unit to use with both the old devices and the new iPhone. They are such innovators that this should not be beyond their comprehension. I'm not a techie, just a user who has favoured iPhone since its initial version was available. There will be many loyal customers out there who will be outraged that we will have 'to go shopping' for new compatible accessories. I expect many will be so angry that they'll seriously consider changing to an Android.

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Carlos delavilla February 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Ok so I guess Apple could give a rat a** about their present happy iPhone users that have spent hundreds on iPhone dock friendly devices. Unless they make some way to integrate the new dock into old iPhone dock devices alot of iPhone users I suspect would be upset that their old devices would be obsolete(don't we love spending money on things that in 6 months time is regarded as old news and useless). Concept of smaller iPhone is great all around, but apple should use some of that ingenuity that they are known for and compromise else where.

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nards February 27, 2012 at 2:21 am

i think it would be costly for us to change all the accessories we've already bought. maybe what you people could at least do is to have an adaptor for the iPhone4 series to fit the iPhone5 cable dock and also and adaptor for Android units.

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Anonymous February 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

I would be very disappointed with Apple for changing the connector. Apple needs to stay unique from every other device. Who cares about the cables being compatible? That shouldn't be Apple's style. I know I fairly recently bought an accessory for my iTouch. I spent enough money on that to turn me away from buying the iPhone 5. Changing the connector would not turn out well for many avid Apple consumers. Keep the device connector as is.

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Matt February 27, 2012 at 6:38 am

They should have used micro usb from the start. Greedy buggers.

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Dawras February 27, 2012 at 7:38 am

Agreed! That is a great idea! I like more a original dock as the micro USB dock is a pain.

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Scott Davis February 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm

If apple comes out with an adaptor to fit my accessories I'm good with it. If not I'm pissed.
The accessories along with the quality are what sets the iPhone apart from the hemroids.
Please do not screw up perfection!!!

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Eliijah Moss February 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

I have seen the iPhone 5. The connector is not on the side neither on the phone like the iPhone 4 and 4s. Instead, its on the bottom of the phone. This phone is going to become the ultimate revolutionary phone of all time. This project is bigger, and better than the Samsung galaxy sII.

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Lisa February 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

no dont change it!! it's fine the way it is.

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john February 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm

YEAH WHOOOO change it!!!!!!!!

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Luís February 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I wouldn't want that.

One of the things that has struck me about the apple dock is its durability, which is well over the durability of a micro usb port: it is fragile, therefor not so 'plug it to different things' friendly. The idea of having an iPhone which can be used continuously with a different gadgets is a great one and it shouldn't be ruled out. And yeah, speaking for myself I wouldn't want to find a not so bad looking adaptor to my music listening device.

I understand why it would be easier to have a micro usb in the sense that it is a more versatile solution as in battery charging options, but I don't believe it is the question.

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sraab February 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

what's the throughput? If it means I can sync faster, that's another big plus. Add more space for other goodies and the ability to buy less expensive cords, and I'm all for it (assuming an adapter is available so I can continue to use my Bose Cradle).

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anna February 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

short term i think it's kind of a pain and im sure apple diehards won't like it but longterm i think it's an AMAZINGLY AWESOME idea! The 4s is my first iphone (at&t no thanks!) and i love it, but i don't love that i have only one cord for charging it and that cord doesnt work for anything else. While my husbands phone can share cords with one of a number of other devices we own. What would be great is if Apple would make an adapter for the old docking accessories like ihome to be able to plus into the iphone5. Cases will have to change but cases are cheep.

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Greg February 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

It would be a big disappointment if I could no longer connect to my Bose Sound dock.

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@roCkerChick February 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Then my iphone 5 won't be charged by my Bose speaker! What a bummer. but if it means longer battery life then I'm all for it. I'm trying to wait it out. I wish they'd release it in the Summer!

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Mike February 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Leave it the same, the iPod charger is the best source of charging I have used for a phone, it clicks in right and does not move outa place….if u wana make change then add a micro SD port and give us 4g and the ability to download almost anything off of safari…there is more things people would want added, give it a thought of what the people want and you will have the greatest product out there…………just leave the charger the way it is!!!!!!!!

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Mc RAW February 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

If there is a change to micro-USB's, then I'll just go to Ebay and buy an adapter for $10. I'll still be able to use all of my products and as time passes and gadgets are upgraded, I'm sure they will all have micro-USB's to match. We won't many items with the original dock after a little time. And by then, some company will probably change it again so that we can keep spending!!

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noah February 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Hey if it means 4G then its worth it

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curtis March 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

why not just keep the current port and add a micro usb?

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Joemfreed March 1, 2012 at 4:10 am

Total b.s. I've owned three droid devices over the last few years and USB chargers wear out in your phone until it won't take a charge…. I picked up an iPhone 4s and this device blows my droid and droid x out of the water!! I plug my charger in knowing its stable and ain't going to wear out. I wanted to love android and I used to bash apple but there products are quality and logic. No more insurance claims for new phones for me I'm done with all that, once again logic prevails. And yes this is sent from my very first iPhone. Don't change logic unless you replace it with logic.

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jim March 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

It's perfect the way it is already. and it's pretty cool. usb wires brake all the time and mess up the phone

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Zach j March 3, 2012 at 4:56 am

I personally hates the idea that they might change the charging cord… I hate the little tiny UBS ones… I broke at least 15 of the cords and 10 phones.. That's the major reason why I got and iPhone!!!!!!! Plus I was tired of walking around with a phone And a iPod touch lol

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Jennifer March 7, 2012 at 1:38 am

I understand why Apply would want to make this change; however, spending $200 on an iHome and then not being able to use it is unacceptable!! If they make this change, they really need to come out with adapters so we can continue using the accessories.

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linda bedwell March 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

Linda

I think they should leave well enough alone that is the one thing about the iphone, ipod, ipad that great the same charging unit is universal for all

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