Apple is very secretive about the design and spec of its latest gadgets. That secrecy has led to a year round rumor mill as anxious fans await the latest Apple products. The rumors began to circulate about the iPhone 5 almost as soon as the iPhone 4S was released. The latest rumor, reported by TechCrunch, states that Apple is changing the connector from the 30 pin configuration that has been used since the iPod 3 to a 19 pin configuration.
This would have a big impact, as it would make all of the accessories that consumers have used with previous iPhones obsolete. Everything from power chargers, to portable speakers will no longer be of any use if you upgrade to the iPhone 5.
Two reasons are suspected for the decision. The first is that it will save space inside the phone. The iPhone 5 could need additional room because Apple has whipped up something new and exciting to place inside the phone. The company could also just want to make it smaller or slimmer.
The second reason suggested is that by changing connectors now, Apple will have more control over the accessories market. Apple is notorious for maintaining tight control over their devices every step of the way. By changing connectors, they could reign in an accessories market that they feel has grown to far beyond their control.
We won’t know for sure until Apple releases any official information. That usually happens right before the actual release of the phone. The iPhone 5 is expected to be released sometime this fall, roughly a year after the release of the iPhone 4S.