updated 12:01 pm EDT, Wed August 1, 2012
8-pin connector claim would conflict with recent reports
Apple's new, smaller dock connector format may actually use 8 pins instead of 19, two iLounge sources claim. One of the people adds that the new format could have some other features, such as possibly connecting to docks and cables in either orientation, much like MagSafe connectors. The 8-pin claim would conflict, though, with most reports about the new format, which have held to Apple using at least 16 pins and more often 19.
One source also says that Apple is working on a previously unannounced iOS 6 feature that will bridge its Bluetooth 4-equipped devices. An iPod nano, for instance, might be able to display iMessages received by an iPhone, or record voice memos that could be shared through the iPhone. The technology could even potentially let people make iPhone calls through a Nano's headphones, or from an iPad or Mac. The idea is said to be similar to one tried by the HP TouchPad, but "more broadly and deeply executed."