An image showing what is claimed to be a ten-pin dock connector for the iPad Mini has surfaced online, causing much confusion among seasoned Apple watchers.
In recent weeks, a number of leaks of similar parts from the Apple supply chain have suggested the company is about to adopt a new smaller standard dock connector with fewer pins for the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.
It had been thought that the move, which is aimed at freeing up space, would see Apple ditch the 30-pin connector that has been a fixture of the iPhone and iPad since day one in favour of one with either eight, 16 or 19 pins.
All of which makes today’s appearance of a 10-pin connector all the odder and adds to the confusion surrounding the move to a smaller dock.
However, this particular part’s credibility as a bona-fide iComponent is burnished by the fact that a home button connector and headphone jack are located close to the dock connector - a layout which is highly redolent of an Apple product.
Apple decision to change dock connector has already sparked outraged op-eds in the tech press and mainstream media complaining that in so doing it is making generations of iPod/iPhone accessories obsolete overnight. In news to surprise almost no-one, Apple is expected to attempt ameliorate the fallout from this by manufacturing an adaptor.
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