Apple will release a new model for every device in its iOS lineup, featuring an all-new, mini dock connector, reports suggest.
The rumour mill has been increasingly gaining pace amid reports that Apple is doing away with the 30-pin dock connector that’s standard on its iDevices with a smaller, 19-pin port in the hotly anticipated iPhone 5.
Now iMore claims Apple will not only release a new iPhone, but also a new iPod touch and iPod nano and new iPads, all including said connector.
“iMore has learned that Apple intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized Dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall,” the site reports.
“This would include the new iPhone 5, the the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the rumored 7-inch iPad mini, and an updated version of the current 9.7-inch iPad.”
Rumours that Apple will launch a smaller iPad have been doing the rounds for aeons now, especially since Google released its first own-branded slate, the Nexus 7, which is already proving to be a hit.
It doesn’t surprise us in the least Apple would want to phase out the existing iPad for one that doesn’t require an adapter, which has been rumoured to be in the pipeline to ensure backwards compatibility for existing devices and accessories.
Although the decision will doubtless annoy some iFans, especially early adopters of the new iPad, market watchers believe it will do more to appease accessory makers who’ll benefit from punters having a genuine reason to update their products.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12th, where it will almost certain to announce its other product updates. We’ll bring you more details as soon as we have them. So stay tuned.