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Apple may be ready to commit to smaller iOS dock connector

updated 10:50 pm EST, Thu February 23, 2012

Rumor has Apple nearing dock rethink

Apple's possible plans to rework the dock connector for iOs devices might be edging closer to reality. A rumor relayed to iMore had Apple "getting ready" to switch to a smaller port. The tip had it being a strictly technology-driven move to save space in the iPhone and other instances where room was at a premium.

When and how the port would shrink was left open. The 2012 iPhone was seen as possible target, but more as the the most likely to benefit from a smaller connector than out of inside knowledge. The iPad doesn't have as pressing a need given its size.

While far from confirmed, the rumor comes from a site that may have accurately locked in a March 7 iPad event based on corroborating reports. Apple is also known to have filed for a patent on a smaller, faster dock port that could improve sync speeds and allow for extra features with the extra bandwidth. It isn't likely to use exotic technology like Thunderbolt to sync, but it could be designed with anticipation of USB 3.0 on Macs.

The dock has become less essential to Apple than it has in the past, now that cloud and Wi-Fi syncing have reduced the need to physically attach to a computer. Accessories would still need it, however, and there may be an upset if companies need to redesign accessories or introduce adapters.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jonbwfc1

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    If they're going to change the port, why not just use MicroUSB? Everyone who currently makes dock connector devices will have to change anyway, and using microUSB would get the round the EU rule that all mobile devices should be able to charge via a MicroUSB connection (which is why they had to produce the microUSB to dock connector adapter that appeared with the iPhone 4S).

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  1. MadGoat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's that?

    What's an iOS dock? Does a dock appear on the screen as a smaller icon? I didn't realize that software had physical components.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ..time to throw out all my cables, iHome and other iAccessories.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I hope its magsafe. A combined power/data magsafe connector would be great. Then they can do the same for Macs. Imagine one connector to connect your MacBook to a display and have access to all your peripherals.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ...might offer connector free, perhaps with other changes a waterproof iSportphone option...?

  1. apple4ever

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: MicroUSB

    The problem is MicroUSB is a poor solution for what the Dock can do. Besides connecting for data and power to the computer the Dock connector also allows video out, as well as control for devices (think health monitors).

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There's Apple for you...

    locking up users for no practical reason other than milking money out of them.

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