iPhone 5 rumored to have smaller connector, currently in production

By Rick · 11 replies
Jul 23, 2012
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  1. According to Reuters' anonymous sources, the next iPhone to hit shelves may have a smaller cable interface with just 19 pins instead of the 30 found in traditional cables. The shrunken connector would be a significant change for the company as…

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  2. paynetrain007

    paynetrain007 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Or they could stop using proprietary devices altogether. The FCC has prevented every other phone manufacturer from using proprietary cables, how come Apple products are still allowed to do whatever they want?
  3. New cable = more money for Apple since they sell those cables 10x the price it cost to make them. Also all the connectors already embedded everywhere this mean change or buy a converter that is going to cost an arm and a leg.
    Way to go Apple, fill the landfill with perfectly good cable that people wont be able to use anymore.
    And for all the fanboy out there that have 25 Apple devices, good luck with the extra cable to you are going to need to charge your devices.
    And yes, why is Apple allowed to use proprietary cable???? Why dont they use normal usb cable like everybody else?
  4. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    cuz theyve got plenty of $$$$$$ and this is what runs our world!!

    I would love it if all the Android phone would have the same connector so we would see more accessories for them. That is what I like about iphone over Andoird
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    yes because when buying a phone the most important thing to consider is accessories!
  6. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    Generally, All android device do use the same connection type. I am sure most of them use a micro USB port. Yeah there is some with a Mini-HDMI port but those usually have both USB and HDMI.
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    If you already invested a lot of money into them, then yes. I personally don't, but my sister, for instance, has a $100 stereo dock for her iPhone, and an alarm dock, and a few other things. To have about $200 worth of accessories become useless when you get your new phone might be annoying.

    Its very simple. Either this is done mostly for technological advancement, or this is done mostly for profit. I know we all joke about people being in a boardroom laughing sinisterly, but if you think that when this was discussed having all the iCustomers buying all new cables and accessories was not on the table, along with projected profit from said conversion, then I have an iPhone 4 dock to sell you.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    That stupid connector is another reason I wouldn't get one. I had a Dell streak, and it worked great, but, if you were out and about, and didn't have access to your charger (who carries one in their pocket??), you can't just top it off with any of your friends. Mini/micro USB should be a standard. My note is great, you can get a charger for less than what apple charges. Hey, it's your money, pay more for something that does the same as pretty much all phone if you want, I'll keep my OPEN droid device.
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    There's nothing Apple won't do to gouge more dollars from their loyal fan base.
  10. steve7

    steve7 TS Rookie

    I really wish Apple would use microUSB like android devices, its a standard, most accesories I own are charged via micro USB.
  11. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Ahh yea, this is a good point. If you already have all iPhone accesories like lets say a Bose iPod/iPhone dock, then that would be a good thing to stay with them. However, I also know that in between devices they will not support old docks and such... Apple does this on purpose.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    There will be an adapter. Now if the adapter comes free... thats a different question. But for a vast majority of things that use the old connector, it will still work with the new one through the adapter.
    gwailo247 likes this.

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