Reuters: Apple to Shrink Dock Connector in 6th-Gen iPhone ➝

Clare Jim and Lee Chyen Yee reporting for Reuters:

Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

I’ve been calling for the end of the dock connector for three years now (I guess I’m a little ahead of the curve). So, I’m not entirely sure why Apple feels the need to keep it around. But, I guess they’re better off erring on the side of caution rather than jumping head first into a world where everything syncs over Wi-Fi and regular users don’t really know how to get the CD they just ripped onto their iPhone. At least we don’t have to look at the current — ugly — dock connector for too much longer.

That is, if Apple does update their entire lineup to the smaller dock connector as iMore’s Rene Ritchie believes they will.