Amidst concerns that the iPhone 5 will feature a new, smaller dock connector that could make accessories designed for previous generations of the smartphone obsolete, iMore has reported that Apple will offer an adaptor for the new port, citing unnamed sources.
Though it has been rumoured for months, it looks like a 19-pin dock connector will replace the iPhone’s current 30-pin connector. The switch to the new port is reportedly designed to free up space under the hood for components like an LTE chipset and a more powerful battery. The new iPhone is also expected to feature a nano-SIM, considerably smaller than the micro-SIM used by the current generation, and an in-cell display, which will reduce the screen’s thickness.
iMore’s report suggests that fears about compatibility should be alleviated - like Apple did with its jump from the MagSafe to MagSafe 2, the company will make a new-to-old converter that will allow iPhone 5 customers to continue to use existing accessories, like speaker systems and car chargers.
"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," IDC researcher Francisco Jeronimo told the Telegraph earlier this week about the possibility that third-party accessories for the iOS ecosystem would be made obsolete.
However, it’s not clear whether the adaptor will be packaged with the iPhone 5 or whether it will be an additional cost iPhone 5 customers will have to swallow.
It should also be noted that it may not work for all accessories; factors like design and size could preclude using some accessories with the adaptor.
The iPhone 5 is expected to arrive in the autumn, with some analysts pointing to September as the specific month during which it will launch.