Apple has caused widespread anger after reports claim that the next generation of the iPhone will feature a smaller connector…rendeering all current accessories obsolete at a stroke.
Outraged iPhone owners vented their feelings online following speculation that the iPhone 5, expected to be launched in October, will have a smaller 19-pin connector instead of the current 30 pin version.
Apple have not commented on the claims, but if true, then speakers, docks and other expensive accessories costing hundreds of dollars would no longer work with the new handset.
Technology blog TechCrunch said it confirmed the change by speaking with three separate manufacturers.
TechCrunch said: “Apple’s 30-pin ports have been the standard since Apple released the third generation iPod. The connectors offered structural stability when connecting to most accessories but it’s clear – especially with the introduction of the MagSafe 2 port – Apple is more concerned with space savings inside each device.”
Some reports claim the new connector will allow a smaller, thinner iPhone to be made, while others claim it could lead to a cable attached by magnets.
Blogger Robert Scoble said the move, if true, would allow Apple to exercise a tighter control over accessory makers.
Apple charges firms to create accessories as part of its ‘made for iPhone’ scheme which approves add-ons and manufacturers must also buy a special ‘authentication chip’ for some of their accessories.
Along with a change in its dock connector, the iPhone 5 has also been rumored to be receiving a newly designed speaker grill, a different back cover and a larger screen.
It will also include Apple’s own maps software, which the company revealed a few weeks ago. In a bid to compete with Google’s maps, Apple even revealed it has a fleet of planes and helicopters photographing the world to build up a 3D map.