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Every iPhone accessory you own is now obsolete‏

23 Jun

iPhone 5

A still from leaked footage shows  the difference beteen iPhone 5 port and the current design.

 

ALL those expensive iPhone accessories you own, the stuff that plugs into  the bottom of the device – speakers, docks, chargers etc. They’re about to  become obsolete.  

Tech blog TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to change the  design and size of the connector for the iPhone 5. The old 30-pin connector, which has been the standard since the third  generation iPod, is to be replaced by a 19-pin mini connector. “TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a  19-pin port to the new iPhone.

 

It is a move that will surely send shocks through  the iPhone accessory ecosystem. “The new port is similar in size to the Thunderbolt port available on many  MacBook devices but (TechCrunch) has been told by three independent  manufacturers that the pin-out will be different.

 

“It’s clear Apple is more concerned with space savings inside each  device.” Leaked video footageclaiming to be of the iPhone 5 shows a  smaller connector. TechCrunch’s prediction that the news will send shockwaves is spot on.

 

Bose DockBose dockExpensive sound docks like this model from Bose were  purpose-built to use with an iPhone.

 

Tech blogger Robert Scoble said the change would give Apple a tighter control  on iPhone accessories.

“It will be nearly impossible to make unlicensed devices,” he wrote on his  blog. “Unfortunately these design goals mean making obsolete the something like  10 power chargers in my home. Sigh.” Awesome Robo’s Sirio

 

Brozzi wrote: “People are stunned by this possibility,  myself included. I mean, why fix something that’s not broken?”

 

Writing on Forbes.com, Dave Thier said: “Apple is great at getting us to buy  new products, and this may be one its biggest coups yet.

 

The environment will  suffer, like usual, but expect accessory manufacturers to make a mint after an  uncomfortable transition.

 

Mashable reports the iPhone’s dock connector “is about to go on a  diet”.

 

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