A smaller iPad is rumored for this fall, and it’s possible this device will also sport a smaller dock connector.
Information about the sixth-generation iPhone has been leaking out recently, and this includes details of a replacement for the 30-pin connector that has been a part of Apple’s mobile devices for many years. The new one will reportedly have just 19 pins and be considerably smaller.
This is far from the first time the smaller dock has been mentioned in an unconfirmed report, but this time the information comes from Reuters, a highly-trusted source for news.
Why this Change
This change is allegedly being made for a number of reasons. One of these has nothing to do with tablets — it will enable Apple to move the headphone jack on its next smartphone to the bottom edge.
The other does apply: Apple supposedly wants to take control of which companies can make accessories for its devices, and the new port will include technology that will make it only work with approved cables, etc.
If Apple does change the size of the dock connector, users of the iPad will be forced to buy new accessories the next time they upgrade.
The iPad Mini will reportedly be introduced this fall.