Apple could be readying an even smaller mini dock connector for the iPhone 5 than previously mooted, leaked code from the latest iOS beta suggests.
Rumours have run rampant lately that the iGiant is set to ditch the dusty old 30-pin port that’s featured on every iDevice since the first-generation iPod touch for a cuter, tinier 19-pin number. However, in reality it could actually be half that size, it seems.
While trawling through lines of code in the freshly released iOS 6 beta 4, the good folk at 9to5Mac came across what’s purportedly a reference to 9-pin dock connector: ‘copyDeviceSupportsPin’.
Unless it is the result of a serious typo or something else entirely, that’d mean the iPhone 5 could potentially debut a port that’s almost as thin as a microUSB port.
The possibility of a smaller connector could essentially wipe out compatibility for existing accessories, which will doubtless not go down too well with iFans, but is thought will favour accessory makers whose business pretty much rely on regular, tangible changes to designs.
However, should Apple go ahead with it, we expect it to release some kind of adapter to ensure the majority of speaker docks and whathaveyou don’t meet their demise. Though, we’re sure it’ll probably cost you.
Whatever the case, we’ll find out soon enough. So far, September 12th has been held up as the most likely date when the iPhone 5 will make its debut, followed by a worldwide launch a week or so later.