Next-generation iPhone will Have 19-Pin “Mini” Connector

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Although the form factor and actual size is yet to be known, it has already been confirmed by TechCrunch that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port for the next-generation iPhone. It will replace the 30-pin port that has been a standard since the company released the third-generation iPod.

This move may shock the iPhone accessory ecosystem, but it looks like Apple is more concerned with space-savvy components as of the moment. The new “mini” connector has the same size as the Thunderbolt port available on many MacBook devices. However, words from three independent manufacturers stated that the 19-pin port will be different. Furthermore, the connector is said to offer structural stability when connecting to most accessories.

Rumored Next-generation iPhone Components

Prior to this, there were already rumors of what the next-generation iPhone will look like. According to recent speculations, the upcoming Apple handset will feature a 4-inch Retina Display. Moreover, the company is said to already place its order from suppliers. In relation to this, KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo revealed earlier this month that Apple is likely to increase the display size of their next-generation iPhone to 4.08 inches. It will feature a taller screen with 1136 x 640-pixels resolution.

It was also reported that the new mobile phone will also feature a 4G LTE Radio. This is not surprising at all, since Apple recently introduced the technology with its new iPad. In a note from investment firm Barclays, it was revealed that the next-generation iPhone will have the Qualcomm MDM9615 chip. It can support voice and data connections through 4G networks.

Last April, Topeka Capital Markets’ Brian White suggested that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will have a unibody case:

In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case. This new sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade.

However, everything will remain speculations until Apple sent out an official word. Nevertheless, one new component is now sure to come. Now that the new 19-pin mini connector has been announced, accessory manufacturers are having an uneasy time to keep up with the next-generation iPhone’s components.

The next-generation iPhone is rumored to be announced this fall. Apple expects the handset to become a “world” device that can support any 4G LTE networks around the world.

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