Here’s How Apple Will Ease Transition to New Dock Connector

A report from Reuters on Monday had confirmed that the next iPhone will do away with the wide dock connector used in Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) mobile devices for years in favor of a smaller one. Now the blog iMore is reporting to have landed information that the company plans to release an adapter alongside the new phone that will allow users to connect accessories using the old 30-pin dock connector to the new device’s 19-pin connector. The adaptor may also allow Apple’s existing devices to be compatible with the new connector.

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“…[T]here will be an adapter for the iPhone 5’s smaller dock connector that will let it work with many of the accessories designed for the old 30-pin dock connector,” the post read. The report noted, though, that there was no information yet on whether Apple planned to include the adapter in the box with the new iPhone or make it a separate purchase.

Reuters backed up earlier rumors and reports that claimed Apple’s next-generation iPhone, expected to launch in October, was planning to shrink its dock connector to 19 pins. The 30-pin connector takes up a lot of space on Apple’s devices at 21 millimeters wide. It is being speculated that Apple wants to free up some space for new product designs, a bigger battery, or maybe just to make its devices smaller.

Last month, Apple released a converter along with its revamped MacBook Airs and the next-generation MacBook Pro to help in the conversion of the new computers’ smaller port to older accessories. However, the connector does not ship with the notebooks.

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