Following on from many reports that the new iPhone 5 will have a brand new dock connector design, Reuters has published a report this morning that apparently confirms the existence of a new dock connector for the iPhone 5. The new device will sport a 19 pin dock connector rather than the 30 pin dock connector which is ubiquitously used in all iOS devices that Apple currently produces. The report suggests that the reason that the company is moving to the new dock connector design is to save space so that the headphone port can be moved from the top of the iPhone down to the bottom.
This report is consistent with several previous reports that the new dock connector would be much smaller than the existing universal dock connector. The reasoning behind the change is that the universal dock connector has now been in use for several years and that the revised, modern design will eventually appear in all future iOS devices to save space.
Many rumors have also suggested that the new dock connector would also incorporate a magnetic portion which would give it similar functionality to the MagSafe power connectors found in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. While the current dock connector has to be physically slotted into an iOS device, a magnetic dock connector would be a lot easier to attach. However, the magnetic connector rumors are unconfirmed and the new dock connector equally may require the user to physically slot the connector into the dock.