Next-Generation iPhone To Feature Smaller 19-Pin Dock Connector?

Last month, in May, leaked images of Apple’s alleged next-generation iPhone flooded the blogosphere. Aside from a complete design change and an elongated form factor, the proposed upcoming iPhone features a smaller dock connector than its predecessors.

If Apple were to evolve their 30-pin connector by slimming it down, they’d have additional room for more crucial components.¬†According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple will utilize a smaller connector and the device real estate that the implementation will conserve – they’re claiming it will feature 19 pins instead of 30:

Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.

Today, Apple’s proprietary 30-pin connector is used in the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch models and it has been since before the original iPhone was released in 2007.

Will Apple innovate to remain one of the most influential and popular companies in history by straying from what’s worked in the past to evolve? If the past is any indication of the future, we’ll find out this fall at an iPhone-centered unveiling event – stay tuned for complete coverage!