Apple Possibly Moving to a Smaller Dock Connecter

It’s (maybe) time to officially bid farewell to the 30-pin connector that we’ve all grown to be so accustomed to in the past years of Apple’s portable devices, and more specifically iOS devices. Apple is reportedly debating whether or not to make a transition to a smaller dock connector in attempts to save space within the device’s confines itself.

According to iMore, the new dock will be dubbed a “micro dock”. Officially, the obvious reason behind the switch:

“We’ve heard that Apple is getting ready to ditch the dock connector as it’s currently sized and implemented on iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The reason isn’t anything political, like a new desire to conform to an outdated micro-USB standard, but typically Apple: to save space inside the iPhone 5 for what are now more important components.”

The iPhone 5 is rumored to be released later this fall, marking one year since the release of the iPhone 4S. This new pattern is said to be the new path Apple will be taking with iPhone introductions rather than launching over the Summer during WWDC. Specifications within the iPhone 5 are supposedly going to be a large boost over the current components that make up the already powerful iPhone 4S. With the new hardware, there’s not enough allocated space inside the iPhone, considering its respectable, portable size, which is why Apple would make the switch if for any reason.

Apple has previously altered the design of their hardware. The 1st generation iPad launched with a micro-SIM card that is now standard in Apple’s iPhone devices and the iPad 2. An alternative reason provided by iMore for the switch is that the dock connector’s importance has greatly decreased in the last few months. With the introduction of WiFi syncing in iOS 5, iCloud and other network-related features, Apple has slowly made the connector less and less relevant to an iOS device owner’s everyday routines. Thus, they may deem it a necessary change with the rumored improved hardware that is soon to come.

The current expected debut device for these micro docks is the iPhone 5, as it would make the most sense. With the size constraints in mind of the iPhone and the possible revamp in hardware, there needs to be some sacrifices. However, since the iPad was the device to first get the micro-SIM card, we won’t know which of the two, if any, will get the change first.

How would you feel if your accessories suddenly became obsolete? Your wires, external batteries, some unique (no pun intended) cases wouldn’t be usable, although I’m sure adapters would eventually enter the market. Still, leave your thoughts below – we’re curious.

[iMore]