iPhone 5 anticipation is hitting critical mass - we're arguing about how many pins the bloomin' connector will have.
Last week we reported that the next iPhone will use an 8-pin socket. But the latest leak suggests it'll actually have nine pins.
The source for this rumour is the iPhone's software itself, iOS 6. Inside the Beta of the upcoming OS, a reference to "9 pin" has been found. And the natural assumption is that it refers to the connector - rather than, say, a wonky 10-pin bowling set bought from TK Maxx.
Although talk of docks connectors may not be the most exciting fare, this is actually one of the most important changes in the hardware refresh. It'll change the mobile accessories market for good, demanding a new model of every non-wireless audio and charge dock worth remembering - even if a dock adapter does surface.
The current iPhone, the 4S, uses a 30-pin dock connector, and is much larger than the one we're likely to see in the next iPhone. Getting all hot under the collar for the iPhone 5? Rumours indicate that it'll launch on September 12, just over a month away.