A number of Apple manufacturers have apparently confirmed that the iPhone 5 will sport a smaller connector port.
TechCrunch reports that the sixth generation of iPhone will come with a 19-pin connector on its base, with Apple ditching the iconic 30-pin port which has graced previous iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Three independent manufacturers have reportedly confirmed the new, smaller size, which is similar in size to a Thunderbolt port.
This falls in line with previous rumours we've heard, including a video claiming to show off the iPhone 5 chassis – complete with a smaller hole in the base for the new 19-pin connector.
If Apple is to move to the 19-pin solution, the decision is understandable, as the Cupertino-based firm looks to create smaller, lighter and more aesthetically desirable handsets – however it puts a massive spanner in the works for current iAccessories.
It would mean third-party manufactures would need to re-imagine their ranges to accommodate the new connector; however we wouldn't be surprised if an adaptor was made available allowing backwards compatibility.
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