A new connector port at the base of the forthcoming iPhone 5 has been rumoured for some time, and with the design change looking increasingly likely many fear devices and money will go to waste as old accessories become incompatible with the new smartphone.
The latest addition of Apple’s famous series is expected to sport a 19-pin dock connector rather than the current 30-pin design. Thus, the expansive ecosystem built around iPhones, iPads and iPods could become obsolete as the new product will not connect with 30-pin-friendly accessories.
The change is likely to anger consumers who have spent vast sums on speaker systems, as well as chargers, in-car docks and other products.
"Apple needs to find a solution not to disappoint their current clients who want to upgrade to the new iPhone but are tied to an expensive accessory that [they] have bought," Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst at technology research firm IDC told the Telegraph.
But offering hope for customers, Jeronimo added, "I believe Apple will come up with some sort of adaptor so the new iPhone can be used with previous connectors."
Widespread of the change surfaced last month, after three independent manufacturers said a 19-pin mechanism was being favoured by designers at the Cupertino-based firm.
It is believed Apple hopes the smaller dock connecter will free up extra room for a bigger battery and provide scope for scaling down the size of future iPhone models.
An October release is expected for the eagerly-anticipated device, and ITProPortal will be keeping tabs on any signs of a possible adaptor for the new dock connector, among other revelations bound to emerge as the pre-launch rumour mill clicks into gear.