iPhone 5 With Revamped Dock Could Render Old Accessories Obsolete
Reports that Apple is planning on revamping the dock connector on the new version of the iPhone may cause headaches for those with old iPhone accessories.Although the latest version of Apples iPhone, commonly referred to as the iPhone 5, is generating huge excitement months away from its expected debut, a report from Reuters, which suggests the company may be ditching its standard 30-pin dock connector for a smaller, 19-pin connector at the bottom of the device, could irk some party faithful who will have to replace any and all iPhone accessories that use the dock to connect to the smartphone. According to unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Reuters reported the reason for the smaller dock was to allow for a headphone jack at the bottom of the handset. While it may annoy Apple fans, the change could be a positive one for the makers of Apple accessories or those who could sell an adapter to connect the new iPhone to older peripherals. "It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors," Pete Cunningham, an analyst at IT research firm Canalys, told the news service. "The iPhone connector has been a standard for a long time now and I would expect the same to be true for a new connector, should Apple change it as expected."
While iPhone fans and analysts might be split on the decisionReuters reported Taipei-based Gartner analyst C.K. Lu saying the new dock wouldnt stop Apple consumers from buying the iPhone, while London-based analyst Franciso Jeronimo cautioned Apple should find a solution that allows them to upgrade the phone without having to sever ties with an older accessoryanticipation for the latest iPhone is nearing fever pitch.