Rumours of the iPhone 5 continue doing the rounds, as fresh evidence of a smaller dock connector emerge, this time in photo form.
French site Nowhereelse.fr got hold of some snaps showing what appears to be an 8-pin connector at first inspection, but it’s said to feature eight more on the other side, effectively making it a 16-pin port.
Apparently each side of the port has a different function, which probably means you’ll still have to plug it in a specific way. We’re guessing one side is reserved for charging and the other for data transfer and so forth.
The site also claims this will not only be used on the iPhone 5, but also future iPads and iPods. Yep, that’s not stating the bleeding obvious at all.
Chatter of a mini dock connector first started after Apple was granted a patent for a 19-pin port. Last week, code unearthed in the latest iOS 6 beta seemed to suggest it might feature an even narrower 9-pin port.
Frankly, we’re as puzzled as you are. However, all the signs are there for an iPhone 5 connector that’s substantially thinner than the current 30-pin standard.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we find out for sure. Apple is expected to officially debut the handset on September 12th. Until then, be sure to check back for daily updates.