Throw away all your accessories: iPhone 5 will have a new 19-pin port, headphone jack will be moved to the bottom

Rumors of Apple products never seem to cease, do they. Well, at least not this particular rumor. Earlier this summer there were reports Apple would be modifying the 30-pin connector port on the iPhone. Now Reuters is more or less confirming the rumor stating Apple plans on introducing a new 19-pin port on the iPhone 5, replacing the 30-pin port Apple has traditionally used.

According to Reuters, which quotes “two sources familiar with the matter”, Apple is shrinking the 30-pin port to make room to move the headphone jack to the bottom of the device. This, of course, means many existing iPhone accessories will be incompatible with the iPhone 5. So you better get ready to shell out more doe to purchase new gear.

Why exactly is Apple doing this now? Well no one really knows but my guess is Apple has decided that if they are going to give the iPhone 5 a larger screen (hence making many existing iPhone accessories obsolete), then they might as well make other changes to the device that have been in the pipeline. Plus, Apple likes to project a “modern” image for its products; how modern is a overly sized 30-pin port when Android devices utilize small microUSB ports?

It isn’t entirely clear if Apple will provide some sort of compensation to iPhone owners who’s accessories, such as wires, will not work with the iPhone 5. Maybe a converter jack?

[via Reuters | Image credit: Macrumors]

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  • Lorence Disoza

    We are expecting our favorite handset iPhone, but we are not sure about it’s specification detail.So we are guess about it as per your declaration,lager screen size is best support for watching and using for media tool or many other purposes.Thanks for well information.

  • Mike

    @Coyote: In my humble opinion, Apple seems not to think twice about the cost to consumers of its innovation. Yes, at times, Apple is ahead of the times, but the result for consumers is driveless computers when SSD memory is not yet there capacity-wise, and the Cloud is less than reliable (and costly for alot of storage–certainly moreso than a hard drive). Apple seems to forget that we all have our own budgets, and, for most of us, they are not Apple-directed (as much as Steve Jobs earlier would have liked).

  • Mike

    Apple compensating users for its change of standards? Thanks for my evening chuckle. ;^)

  • Coyote

    Why couldn’t they just use the microUSB? Please can we get 1 (ONE) standard at least for charging/usb connections? There is no reason not to… unless they really make that much off proprietary cable sales.

    Let me just put a simple idea out there:
    The other side of the cable has been standardized for decades (or if you consider A/C more than a century). The 2 prong AC plug is in every household in the modern world. The light socket hasn’t changed since it’s first commercial use. The USB plug is or has been a feature of every PC, console, even TV’s and stereos. If Apple had their way we would be rewiring our entire lives every 3~5 years.

    For all the faults I can give Edison he did hammer the idea that the light socket was something that should never change. We now need the same thing for that 1 cable everyone has, and that cable could, nay should, be one for all devices.