Apple will keep the asking price of the new iPhone dock adaptor down to £10, sources suggest, as it bids to ameliorate a massed fit of pique from legacy iKit owners.
Reports that Apple is to replace the 30-pin dock connector with a smaller 9-pin port that has been a fixture of every iPhone since 2007 first surfaced months ago. The news sparked predictions of pitchfork-wielding angry mobs outside Apple stores, as irked punters react to the fact that their entire collection of iPhone accessories becomes obsolete overnight.
Alas, today it seems that those of you were looking forward to some May 1968-style insurrection - and we know there are likely to have been more than a few - are likely to be disappointed.
According to sources cited by iLounge, the “dock connector adaptor”, which third-party manufacturers have purportedly been forbidden by Apple from manufacturing, will sell for $10.
Assuming the usual Apple-product dollars-to-pounds conversion rate applies, that ought to equate to an outlay of £10 – an annoying additional outlay, but hardly one to really get the goat of your average iPhone owner.
The move to a smaller dock connector is apparently intended to free up space for other components.
This is at a particular premium in the next-gen smartphone. Not least because it’ll purportedly accommodate a larger, longer-life battery, as well as a bigger screen and Near Field Communications (NFC) technology that has never before featured in an iPhone.