Apple has reportedly told iPhone accessory manufacturers to stop relying on physical dock connectors and switch to wireless instead, a Pocket-Lint report reveals.
Rumours that the phone-maker is set to drop the current 30-pin connector on iProducts in favour of a smaller 19-pin port have been a great cause for concern lately for the Apple community, as such a move could effectively transform entire collections of peripherals into expensive paperweights.
Although Apple will most likely release an adapter to enable most of these to continue to work with the iPhone 5, it is apparently trying to convince accessory-makers that adopting a wireless solution moving forward is their best bet to ensuring their products are both backwards-compatible and future-proof.
A number of brands such as Philips, Libertone, B&O, Pure and Sonos have already developed wireless speakers that come with dedicated iPhone/Android applications to allow users to control the docks without a physical connection.
We certainly see merit in the direction Apple is trying to go. Hopefully, it won’t be a major task for the rest of the market to catch up and enable wireless control of their existing docks.
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