The iPhone 5 is expected to launch in a month from today, and one of the most important changes rumoured for the next-gen phone is a new, smaller dock connector. It has been photographed for the first time, showing its 8-pin design and small stature.
A French news site has posted the first images of what Nowhereelse.fr claims is the connector of the iPhone 5. If legitimate, it confirms that Apple is, unsurprisingly, continuing to use a proprietary plug for its iPhone range.
This roughly microUSB-sized socket will replace the 30-pin plug that has been in use for more than a decade, a mainstay of the iPod line long before the iPhone and iPad existed. Although a sensible move design-wise, the change in connector will have huge implications for the iPhone accessories market.
Worried about the iPhone 5 fitting into your B&W Zeppelin? It's likely that Apple will release a converter to keep the new phone working with old favourites.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone on Wednesday September 12, just a month from now.