Cherish your current accessories iPhone users. It looks like Apple is getting rid of the current 30-pin dock connector found on iPhones, iPads, and iPods to make way for a smaller version, which means items like data/power cables and video-out connectors will have to be replaced.
Reports say that Apple is getting ready to provide a smaller dock connector in order to save space for more important component parts, especially in the upcoming (and still only rumored) iPhone 5.
The iPhone 4 had Retina Display, HSPA radio, Wi-Fi radio, and a larger camera which required a bigger battery. Apple added a battery sufficient enough to withstand those features while switching a SIM card to the micro SIM card and placing the antenna around the phone. All of these edits from the iPhone 3GS to the iPhone 4 allowed Apple to squeeze those parts into the device.
Now, a smaller dock connector should help with the addition of 4G LTE, which is rumored to be featured in the iPhone 5. The 4G LTE radios are quite large and would need as much space as possible to keep the phone at its current size. It also comes with a significant power drain, so an even bigger battery will also be required.
Before the release of iOS 5, dock connectors were very important. They were used to transfer music, sync data including backups, movies, and other media. Now with the addition of iCloud, AirPlay, and Bluetooth 4.0, dock connectors are used much less. Instead, Apple users have seemingly gone PC Free which even includes iTunes and other programs such as Spotify.
Apple is no stranger to driving the future of technology, and the changeover to a “micro dock” shouldn’t surprise anyone. The company will certainly receive some criticism from users for the change, but it will all be universal soon, which is what Apple has been striving for among its products.