A photo showing what is alleged to be the iPhone 5 cable is currently making the rounds in tech town recently.
Yes, it is just a normal cable with the signature Apple minimalist design but it sports what appears to be the smaller dock connector which is rumored to be redesigned for the iPhone 5.
Recent reports peg the connector of the iPhone 5 to be a 19-pin one instead of the proprietary 32-pin connector which has been in place since the original iPhone.
More recent reports have said that instead of 19 pins, the connector will have a new 8-pin design. This new connector, on the other hand, is said to feature the 8-pin design
To add, the site says that:
“The cable appears to be highly similar to past Apple cables, with a full-sized USB plug on one end and what appears to be Apple’s newly shrunken 8-pin connector on the other. Veister is a Shenzhen, China-based accessory vendor, but the cable has yet to appear on the company’s site. It is unclear whether the part shown is a replacement cable or a genuine Apple part with pre-production markings.”
There have been mixed feelings about the move if Apple does decide to go with a smaller connector for the iPhone 5.
It makes sense design and engineering wise as the old connector took up 21-mm in width at the bottom of the phone.
Having a smaller connector makes room for other components which need bigger space. Furthermore, a smaller connector can also lead to a thinner device overall.
However, since Apple has long since used the bigger connector for its iPhone, a smaller connector for the iPhone 5 will mean that current devices that connect to the iPhone will not be able to connect using their ports.
This will make devices such as speakers and cables incompatible with the iPhone 5 and therefore obsolete for those who may choose to buy the newest smartphone from Apple once it comes out.
The iPhone 5 is also said to feature a thinner display panel which leads us to believe that this will be a thinner device compared to the current iPhone 4S.
Images from ijamesonflickr on Flickr and iLounge.