Following an already quite lengthy list of supposed leaked parts for Apple’s next iPhone, French site Nowhereelse.fr (via MacRumors) has posted photos of what they claim is the new smaller dock connector for the device.
There are a number of interesting observations to be made about the new dock connector. For instance, the connector appears to be dual-sided, and may be possible to insert the connector into the device no matter which way it is facing (you can’t plug it in upside-down). The images show the dock connector next to the USB side of the cable, giving some perspective on the smaller size of the new connector.
Also interesting is that the connector appears t0 feature 8 pins, as previously claimed by iLounge. This seemingly contradicts clues found in iOS 6 suggesting that Apple may use a 9-pin connector, although iFixit’s Kyle Wiens notes that the metal frame also counts as a pin, reconciling the two rumors.
It’s unclear whether or not the images are authentic, but they appear consistent with the expected size of the rumored smaller dock connector, and do line up with the most recent rumors on the matter.
If authentic, the new connector could impact the number of devices the connector is compatible with, even using the adapter Apple is rumored to make available, as each pin serves a specific purpose.
Aside from the smaller dock connector, Apple’s next iPhone is rumored to feature a taller 4-inch screen, thinner design, and a two-tone metal rear casing, as well as a new smaller nano-SIM and LTE support, and is expected to be announced on September 12.