updated 06:30 am EDT, Wed September 12, 2012
9-pin connector dubbed Lightning, earphones dubbed Earpods
Apple’s much discussed and still rumored 9-pin dock connector is reportedly referred to internally as ‘Lightning,’ reports 9to5Mac. It is also believed that Apple will also market the new connector with that name lending weight to our earlier story that it is likely to be compatible with USB 3.0. Apple’s newest Ivy Bridge-based Macs support USB 3.0 and boast speeds of up to 5Gbps, half the speed of the Thunderbolt I/O, but much faster than the current USB 2.0 compatible connector.
The recently leaked and redesigned Apple earphones are said to be called 'Earpods.' They are expected to bring improved audio quality, but will still be priced at $29 when bought separately as were the outgoing models first introduced in 2006. Although not confirmed, it seems reasonable to assume that they will ship bundled with Apple’s new iPhone due to be unveiled later today.
A third accessory has surfaced in name only, and is being referred to as the ‘Loop.’ It is said to be destined for the next-generation iPod touch line, which is not expected to debut until next month. The Loop will be available in black, red, pink, yellow, and blue suggesting that Apple may increase the color options for the iPod touch line. The retail price for the Loop is thought to be $10.