Although rumors hinted towards a port with 19 pins for the next generation Apple iPhone 5 so far, the latest follow up to the story reveals that Apple has zeroed in on a 9-pin connector. As we had reported earlier, this is basically for accommodating more hardware features and maintaining its sleek form factor.
The reason behind cutting down the number of pins in the 30-pin dock connector was to make space for a bunch of attributes, but mainly 4G LTE support. It turns out that a 19-pin connector wasn’t as space-saving as Apple thought it would be, hence the new transition. This information was dug up by the folks over at 9To5 Mac who came across a document listing out the iOS 6 features. A reference in it has led the website to believe that the upcoming iPhone’s dock connector will have only 9 pins and not 19.
Besides the larger port, Apple has apparently done away with a lot of other things including the mid-plate that was found in 3GS, 4 and 4S variants of the iPhone. This mid-plate has been replaced by a unibody backplate, that was caught on camera, not long ago. Additionally, it is also believed that the next generation phone will not support a standard SIM card, but only its nano version because the panel is embedded with a SIM card tray which has been reduced in size.
The iPhone 5 rumors do not end there as the grapevine is also abuzz with speculations suggesting that it has already entered mass production and will be released on September 21.