Latest Apple rumour tips smaller dock connector for all iDevices

Apparently Apple doesn't want any of its products to feel left out this autumn. The company reportedly intends to update its entire iOS lineup to support the new, miniaturised dock connector rumoured to be part of the new iPhone.

iMore reported yesterday that the Cupertino-based company will announce that the new iPhone, the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the rumoured 7in iPad mini, and an updated version of the 9.7in iPad will come equipped with an 8-pin dock connector, smaller than the current 30-pin port. This will apparently happen at the company's rumoured 12 September press event.

The website cites the same unnamed sources who dropped news in recent months about the smaller dock connector.

"Apparently, Apple believes consistent Dock connectors across the line, and other improvements they're able to make to the new iPad this point, are more important than sticking to yearly release schedules," iMore said.

The company has formerly shown little aversion to extending release schedules, the site said, adding that there was a 16 month gap between the iPhone 4 and 4S launches, while the firm hasn't released any real iPod touch updates in almost two years.

However, a change to the entire line would mean that owners of the new iPad have an out-of-date product after less than a year. The latest iPad starts at £399.99 at the UK online Apple Store.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cupertino's products have been one of the top subjects of tech headlines in the past few months, as retailers, accessory makers, and fans gear up for an expected autumn announcement of new products.

People are getting prepared to pick out their new iDevices, with some already posting their soon-to-be antiquated iPhones on eBay's US-only Instant Sale marketplace.