Next-Gen iPhone to Feature 8-pin Dock Connector and Enhanced Bluetooth

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As Apple’s next-generation iPhone is nearing its expected release, more and more speculations are coming in as to what the device will look like. However, nothing new is added to the recent rumors that are already spreading on the Internet—until Wednesday.

New 8-pin Dock Connector on Next-gen iPhone

A rumor has emerged, stating that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will feature an 8-pin dock connector. This contradicts earlier reports that the company’s upcoming handset will ditch the existing 30-pin dock connector design and will replace it with a 19-pin dock.

In relation to this, the iPhone maker is also expected to provide an adapter to help ease user’s transition to the smaller design. That’s because a large number of accessories on the market are still compatible with the current dock connector design.

On the other hand, there were claims that the 8-pin dock connector will potentially enable devices to connect with other docks and cable in two orientations. This functionality is similar to the MagSafe charger design found on Apple’s MacBook products. But until a concrete proof becomes available, this information should be taken as a grain of salt.

Enhanced Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity

Other than the 8-pin dock connector, there were also rumors that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will feature an enhanced Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. As posted by Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge:

The feature would enable, say, a future iPod Nano to display iMessages received by an iPhone, record voice memos that could be shared via the iPhone, and even initiate phone calls through its own headphones. It could also conceivably let you make iPhone calls from your iPad (or possible even Mac), assuming the iPhone was paired with computer over Bluetooth.

Apple started adding Bluetooth 4.0 support on its devices in mid-2011. The MacBook Air and Mac Mini feature this connectivity, while the iPhone 4S marked the debut of a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled handset from the company. In addition, the handset features “Bluetooth Smart Ready” support.

Apple and Bluetooth Interest Group

Apple joined the Bluetooth Interest Group board of directors last year, and they now take part in overseeing the development of standards and licensing for the short-range wireless technology.

The special interest group said that the inclusion of the iPhone maker in their board of directors would provide insight on platform development. That’s because the Cupertino-based company understands that the technology is now driven by “hub devices” that receive and use data at the application layer and even upload it to the cloud.

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