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Lightning: Apple’s new, smaller dock connector for iPhone 5 and iOS devices

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Corporate News, USB

Apple Lightning connector

During today's iPhone 5 event, Apple unveiled its new Lightning dock connector that will ship on the new iPhone 5. The company is switching its iOS devices from the familiar 30-pin dock connector, to the smaller 8-pin design. Nothing was said about the speed, but based on the name, we are assuming that the Lightning connector is compatible with USB 3.0 speeds. The connector is also reversible, making it easier to use. For those with accessories that rely on the 30-pin connector, Apple is also releasing an adapter to make the transition easier.

Be sure to check out our iPhone 5 event live coverage for more!


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New iOS sync cable with smaller dock connector surfaces in picture

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Rumors, USB

iOS Micro Dock sync cable

An image of the purported updated Apple USB sync cable with updated miniature dock connector has surfaced from Veister, a China-based accessory seller. As you can see, this matches up nicely with the rumored change from a 30-pin connector over to a 9-pin connector for the next iPhone 5, 7.85-inch iPad, modified third-generation iPad, and updated iPod touch.

Read More | iLounge

Apple to update all iOS devices, including the iPad, with new dock connector next month

Mini dock connector

Last month iMore reported that Apple was set to unveil the next-generation iPhone and smaller 7.85-inch iPad during a media event to be held on September 12. Now, the site is also reporting that we will likely see a refresh of the entire iOS line at the event.

The report goes on to say that the reason for the mass refresh is to bring the new, smaller dock connector to all iOS devices. This would include the new iPhone 5, updated iPod touch, new iPod nano, the 7.85-inch iPad mini, and even an updated version of the third-generation iPad.

If true, this would mark the first time that Apple has deviated from the spring release and refresh date for the iPad, however, with the introduction of a new dock connector, we can see a minor update reflecting that change in order to bring on fast adoption of the updated standard.

Read More | iMore

Next generation iPhone will sport new, smaller dock connector

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Design, Rumors

iPhone 19 pin dock connector

Apple is set to do away with its ten-year-old 30 pin dock connector in favor of a smaller, more compact version on the next-generation iPhone that's set to launch this fall. The new 19-pin connector will take up less space, allowing the headphone jack to be moved to the bottom of the device as well.

The move is controversial and will surely upset many owners of third-party dock connector accessories. On the flip-side though, this shows how nimble Apple is willing to be in order to spur progress with its devices. Thankfully, the company will purportedly be offering an 19-to-30 pin adapter to ease the transition.

Read More | Reuters

ChargeCard: The iPhone charger that fits in your wallet

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple, Design

ChargeCard iPhone charger

How many times have you been in a situation where your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad was on the verge of death and you didn't have a charge cable with you to charge it up? It's happened to us more times than we'd like to admit, and that's where the ChargeCard comes in.

The ChargeCard has the standard 30-pin Apple dock connector on one side, and a slim USB connector on the other. It folds up to just about the size of a credit card for easy storage in your wallet. End result? You always have an iPhone charger on you. As long as you have a USB port to plug into, you are good.

ChargeCard is currently a Kickstarter project. They've got 37 more days to reach the goal of $50,000, and it's already at $38,456. If you want a chance to get one of your own, you can pledge $20 to pre-order. If the campaign is successful (and it looks like it definitely will be) you'll receive your ChargeCard when it ships in September.

Read More | ChargeCard

Hands-on video shows off rumored next iPhone design and metal casing

iPhone 5 metal back

Video footage of the purported next-generation iPhone has surfaced today, courtesy of ETrade Supply, a reseller of parts. The video appears to confirm the new iPhone images we posted a couple of weeks ago, showing the two-tone rear metal casing of the next Apple smartphone, as well as a taller profile with larger display. Other changes that seem to be confirmed include the move of the headphone jack from the top of the device to the bottom, larger speakers, and a much smaller dock port. We also see that the SIM card tray in the new model is a bit smaller that the ones Apple has used in the past.

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Black and white next-gen iPhone leak: Smaller dock, metal rear, larger display, headphone jack moved

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors

New iPhone parts leak

You're looking at what's believed to be the rear panel of the next iPhone (above.) The part was uncovered by iFixYouri, which was tipped off by a "reliable source" at a Chinese parts supplier (the same source who revealed that the iPad 2 would be available in white) who already has the parts for sale. 9to5Mac was able to get even more images of the device.

As you can see in the image, the rear casing matches up quite nicely with recent rumors. We see the rear metal backing (although this is aluminum alloy and not LiquidMetal,) a spot for a much smaller dock connector, and larger speaker grilles as well. In addition, the sides of the device are incorporated into the back piece, and it appears that the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom as well, similar to the iPod touch.

Of course this is all rumor and speculation at this point, and even if real, plans can change at any time. Continue reading for more images!

Click to continue reading Black and white next-gen iPhone leak: Smaller dock, metal rear, larger display, headphone jack moved

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The New iPhone: 4-inch display, aluminum back, smaller dock connector?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Rumors

The New iPhone 4-inch display

Now that we're more than halfway through the iPhone 4S year, you can expect the rumors about the next iPhone (iPhone 5? iPhone 6? The New iPhone?) to start coming at us fast and hard in the time leading up to the release of Apple's next flagship smartphone. This morning iLounge reports that a source has clued it in on what the next iPhone will look like, and it doesn't seem like that much of a stretch.

Click to continue reading The New iPhone: 4-inch display, aluminum back, smaller dock connector?


Apple patents dock connector with Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 connectivity

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Handhelds

iPhone thunderbolt patent

The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent that suggests Apple is working on an iPhone and iPod that supports Intel Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

The invention, which in 2009 Apple called a "Reduced Size Multi-Pin Male Plug Connector" describes a 30-pin dock connector for "high-speed communication standards," citing USB 3.0 and a "dual channel" DisplayPort.

The name "Thunderbolt" wasn't mentioned (unsurprisingly, given that it only launched in February 2011 on the new MacBook Pro) but the patent's multiple mentions of a "dual channel" DisplayPort suggests the same technology.

Thunderbolt combines Intel's PCI Express and DisplayPort into a single connector for theoretical transfer speeds of 10 Gbps (fast enough to download a full-length Blu-ray movie in under 30 seconds).

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iLuv iMM9400 Audio System with iPhone, iPod support

iLuv iMM9400

Nothing that I love more than seeing new products from iLuv, and it has been a while since we covered anything from them.  This time, it is a CD/MP3 Hi-Fi audio system known as the iMM9400. 

It comes with a universal dock for and iPod, and also features a 4-CD/MP3 audio player, two channel speakers, an SD card slot, as well as an AM/FM radio with PLL digital tuning technology.  It should be available next month, and will retail for about $250. 

 

Read More | iLuv

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