Apple May Provide Adapter for Next Generation iPhone Dock Connector
It has been all but proven that the next generation iPhone will feature a new kind of housing case that is slightly similar to what we use now in the iPhone 4S, but with some noticeable changes. Apart from what looks like a larger screen, different speaker grilles, and different port placement, the dock connector appears to have changed to a smaller design Ė a 19-pin connector instead of the classic 30-pin connector that Apple has used for so long in their device lineup.
The change leaves users wondering what is to become of their existing accessories for their iPhones. Since the new dock connector is reportedly smaller and shaped differently than the current generation iPhone dock connector, it doesnít take a rocket scientist to figure out that itís going to leave a large amount of other companies' third party iPhone accessories useless until new versions of these accessories are produced.
For users that donít feel like shelling out large numbers of dollars out of their pocket for updated third party accessories to go with the new iPhone, good news arises from credible sources, which suggests Apple will be creating their own adapter for the new dock connector. This means users will be able to use their new iPhone with outdated third party accessories without having to upgrade to newer accessories made specifically for the supposed new dock connector.
It is also important to consider that depending on the type of accessory, the adapter may not be sufficient enough to work with it. Some accessories are so tightly molded into the bodily shape of the iPhone that there wouldnít be any room for some kind of adapter. Use of this kind of connector by Apple would be highly subjective, but thatís not to say it would be useless. Backwards compatibility is always welcome.
Knowing Apple, the adapter would likely be sold as a separate part.