While rumors have covered most of the specifications and measurements of the physical hardware of the iPhone 5, the size of the dock connector has been left entirely in question. There has been definite speculation that the connector is smaller, but there has been no evidence to how much smaller it really is. Now, we have images.
iPhone’s today use Apple’s current 30-pin connector, which translates physically to a wide, thin, and proprietary design. Rumors that Apple would be reducing the size of their dock connector have been circulating since February, with a whole range of numbers from 8-pin, to 9-pin, or even a 19-pin connector. The images posted by nowhereelse.fr today don’t answer the pin number question, but rather show that the connector is, in fact, significantly smaller than it’s predecessor. The connector also features a small metal ring around it that was not found in previous iPhones; this eludes to Apple’s Magsafe technology making a jump over to mobile phones.