updated 03:16 pm EDT, Mon July 23, 2012
Should allow older iPhone accessories to remain useful
Apple is indeed working on a dock adapter for the next-generation iPhone, say sources reached by iMore. The sources are the same that told the site about Apple's switch to a new connector format in February. At this point, the sources haven't said whether an adapter will be included in the box for the new phone, or if people will have to buy one separately. The site is sticking to an expected October timeframe for the upgraded iPhone's launch.
The report follows one from Reuters reinforcing views that Apple will move from its traditional 30-pin iOS connector to a smaller 19-pin format. For Apple the change should allow it to shrink all future iOS devices and/or put more hardware inside them, as well as sell more accessories. The shift should also benefit third-party accessory makers, who will be able to sell people on redesigned cases, speakers, and other gear. The public may have the most to lose, at least initially, since even with an adapter they may have to repurchase some products.