Following a recent Reuters report stating that the iPhone 5 would come with a smaller connector port, it's been claimed that Apple will also pack in an adapter.
Yesterday we highlighted how the new 19-pin connector port that was being suggested for the iPhone 5 would render a large number of speaker docks, chargers and other peripherals obsolete. Our hope, of course, was that Apple would provide an adapter to ease this transition, and these hopes appear to have been realised.
At least if iMore's sources are to be believed, anyway. The website has confirmed that "there will be an adapter for the iPhone 5's smaller Dock connector that will let it work with many of the accessories designed for the old 30-pin Dock connector. "
That's a relief, then. The site isn't sure whether this adapter will be included in the iPhone 5 box, or whether it'll just be sold separately.
As with virtually every design decision Apple seems to be making with the next generation iPhone, this change in connector port seems to be all about saving space. With the device set be the first 4G iPhone (not that this will do us in the UK any good), Apple will need to cram in an LTE chip and a significantly meatier battery in order to power the super-fast network standard.
Other reports have claimed that the new iPhone will come with a super-thin in-cell display that squashes the usual three layers into two, and it's common knowledge that Apple's keen to adopt a new, smaller SIM standard.