Having already made a number of premature appearances, Apple iPhone 5 rumours have once again kicked into overdrive as the handset’s widely expected new 9-pin-dock connector is teased with yet more iPhone 5 USB charging cables leaking online.
Seemingly set to do away with its longstanding 30-pin standard, Apple has been repeatedly rumoured to be planning a move to a new, slimmer, faster, 9-pin connection system for its sixth-generation smartphone with the latest leaked images adding to the mounting speculation.
The latest claimed images of the new iPhone USB cable, which come courtesy of 9to5Mac, have offered a very similar look to previously outed snaps, with the distinctly Apple styled cable pairing a standard full sized USB male connector with the repeatedly leaked new 9-pin connection.
Although unconfirmed by the latest leaked images, it has been widely reported that the new Apple iPhone 5 cable will follow in the footsteps of its MacBook siblings, integrating MagSafe connection technology to snap the cable into place on the device and offer a simpler, more secure fit.
Earlier this month we got our first sight of the now widely expected, and heavily revised, 9-pin dock and subsequent iPhone 5 USB cable as cable specialist Veister Tweeted an image of the yet unconfirmed connector.
Whilst the iPhone 5 is the most high-profile device set to feature the new 9-pin dock connector standard, Apple is expected to rollout the new format cable connector across its full range of portable devices, with the annual iPod range refresh tipped to land alongside the iPhone 4S follow-on with the new 9-pin cable in tow.
Althoug the Apple iPad 4 is not expected to hit retailers until March 2013, it is believed the market leading tablet will make the jump to the new docking standard, bringing the Cupertino company’s full collection of i-Devices in-line with the latest connection format. As yet unconfirmed, it is also reported that the heavily rumoured Apple iPad mini will follow Apple’s latest Samsung Galaxy S3 rival into hosting the microUSB snubbing connection, with the 7.85-inch another potential product tipped to land alongside the iPhone 5.
In a bid to appease users who have previously plashed out on a selection of 30-pin connector toting iPhone and iPad peripherals such as iPod docks and speaker systems, Apple is believed to be readying an adapter to merge the new iPhone with pre-existing accessories.
Jumping on the 9-pin dock connector adaptor bandwagon a little early, accessory specialist iLounge has prematurely unveiled its upcoming iPhone 5 add-ons. Hitting the web ahead of the iPhone 5 launch event, iLounge as showcased its 9-pin adaptor with cable supporting the new Apple standard to double up as micro USB connectors.
With iPhone 5 rumours kicking into overdrive in recent weeks, the US based Verzion network yesterday suggested a September 21st Apple iPhone 5 release date had been pencilled in with the handset set to be made available to consumers just nine days after its expected September 12th official unveiling.
As well as featuring a new dock connector it is widely believed that the Apple iPhone 5 specs sheet will be further bolstered by the introduction of an all new, slimmer form factor whilst a 4-inch Retina display is tipped to replace the current 3.5-inch offering.
Elsewhere the next-generation iPhone is set to utilise the WWDC unveiled iOS 6 mobile operating system with the Android rival potentially making the jump to a new quad-core processor. The standard camera optic improvements are also expected.
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