A few months ago, iMore reported that Apple was working on a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices, which would allow the company to reduce the size of the current 30-pin connector in order to allow its devices to shrink further and to provide space for other components. Since then, rumors regarding the smaller dock connector have been all over the place.
Now, TechCrunch reports that it is hearing more about the small connector. In addition, the word on the street is that it will include 19 pins for the connectivity. TechCrunch‘s report comes as Mobile Fun shares several case drawings and renderings from a case manufacturer who believes that the parts leaked so far will prove to be true.
One manufacturer we spoke to said that he was sure that the leaked images were accurate – so sure that he was already preparing to construct iPhone 5 cases and he’d be willing to ship replacements for free if they turned out not to be perfect. He enumerated three big changes from the old iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5:
1. The phone is much bigger, measuring 58.47 mm wide, 123.83 mm high and 7.6 mm thin. The screen is 4″.
2. The earphone jack has been relocated to the bottom of the phone.
3. The dock connector is much smaller, similar in size to micro USB.
According to the post, the drawings and renderings have seem to be created by the case manufacturer as it works to design cases for the leaked form factor. It should be noted that nothing is confirmed until Apple confirms it themselves.