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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.

Apple May Ditch the Dock Connector ➝

Rene Ritchie writing for iMore:

We’ve heard that Apple is getting ready to ditch the dock connector as it’s currently sized and implemented on iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The reason isn’t anything political, like a new desire to conform to an outdated micro-USB standard, but typically Apple: to save space inside the iPhone 5 for what are now more important components.

Rene doesn’t give any indication of where this information is coming from and the paragraph above appears to be all of what they’ve been told about the change.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Apple killed the dock connector, I actually called for its end nearly three years ago. And, ever since then there’s only been more reasons to get rid of it.

Tilted USB Cables ➝

Dr Drang:

I took the phone down to the kitchen, found a flat toothpick, and started digging. The amount of lint and junk that came out of the slot was unbelievable. The plug was tilted because of one little chip of something that was caught on that side, but below that was a compressed mat of fuzz that’s been accumulating since I got the phone a year ago.

I, like Dr Drang, recently realized that the USB cables that I have been plugging into my iPhone weren’t sitting properly in the dock connector. Instead of a toothpick, I used the pointy-end of a safety pin to pull the crud out. One sizable piece of green lint later and the cable was sitting properly again.

Perhaps this is one more reason for Apple to kill the dock connector.

Can Apple Kill the Dock Connector Now?

Dock ConnectorApple has added more and more functionality to the headphone jack in recent years and the click wheel iPods seeming more and more barbaric to many of us who use an iPod touch or iPhone (touchscreens rock). I wonder what Apple will do to keep people moving up from the lower end iPods and also continue to improve/change the lower end iPods.

The most recent update of the iPod shuffle (you know, that buttonless one that you either hate or love) has made me think a lot about the headphone jack and what Apple will be able to do with it in the future.

Earphone Remote Features

They can already charge, sync, and control an iPod through the headphone jack, how long will it be before they remove the dock connector altogether from their remaining click wheel iPods?

First, let’s look at what is keeping Apple from removing the dock connector? In my mind it is video output and the ability to power accessories, such as FM transmitters, with the iPods internal battery. I would expect Apple to solve these problems by the end of next year (that is if they actually intend on tackling it). They previously had video output on the headphone jack but later removed it in favor of support the earphone remotes that are now supported by all iPods currently shipping. Since video is just data being sent, I expect Apple could somehow stuff that functionality back into the headphone jack. And with regards to powering accessories, headphone jacks already push electricity out to power the speakers in headphones,uch like the USB port on the MacBook Air, Apple could over spec the power output when an appropriate accessory is connected.

Although I don’t expect to see dock connectors removed from iPods any time soon, the extension of “Made for iPod” branding to accessories that only communicate through the headphone jack make me believe that it is possible and makes me wonder if the iPod dock is even necessary at all anymore (iPhone 3.0 may force me to change my tune now that developers can communicate through the dock connector, but click wheel iPods won’t benefit from that).

Since Apple is constantly trying to make there products increasingly elegant the removal of another connector would be a giant leap toward that goal of having the most über-elegant device out there. Not to mention the hours saved not having to clean pocket lint out of your dock connector before syncing that newly purchased album.

Update 3/27/09: I’ve thought a little bit more about this idea and decided to quickly explore the idea of Apple deciding against doing this because they don’t want to upset users. Apple would not hesitate to upset some of their users by removing the dock connector from their iPods. Apple has never been adverse to upseting users, just think about the buttonless iPod shuffle, or their refusal to build a two button mouse, or the fact that you can’t get a non-glossy display from Apple unless you purchase a 17″ MacBook Pro.

Apple may care a little bit about upseting users but they will never let it get in the way of what they may consider to be their “artistic vision.”