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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jun 20, 2012

iPhone 5 Features 19-Pin Mini-Connector. Accessory Ecosystem Looks Eyes Wide Open!

What makes iPhone a success is not only the awesome hardware & software combo Apple engineers put inside but also the whole accessory ecosystem built around Apple products. The gateway for this ecosystem to connect with the hardware is the connector port. Bloggers at TechCrunch claim to have independently verified that the new iPhone (let's call it iPhone 5) is set to introduce a new type of mini-connector with 19 pins; a big move from the current generation of 30-pin port.

[caption id="attachment_36419" align="aligncenter" width="197"][​IMG] New Power / Accessory Connector With 19 Pins[/caption]

The 30-pin connection has been a standard ever since Apple launched the 3rd generation of iPod. The big part of having a bigger connector is the structural stability it offers to the whole device when charging or when an accessory is connected. It looks like Apple's power engineers are working on saving space and working on better power systems for their devices. Apple recently introduced a new type of connector 'MagSafe 2' on their MacBook Pros.

What this means is that the Apple third-party accessory system will have to adopt the new connection standards as fast as possible. It's always a pleasure to watch the hardware industry to take turns. What's your opinion?

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