With the iPhone 5 release date just days away rumors regarding Apple's new smartphone's features and design keep popping up. Over the weekend, yet another leaked picture surfaced online, depicting the new iPhone 5 USB cord next to the current model. The leaked picture confirms yet again that the iPhone 5 will feature a significantly smaller dock connecter.
The leaked iPhone 5 pictures, which first appeared on French blog NoWhereElse. The photos reportedly came from the same source who leaked some of the first photos of the redesigned iPhone 5 dock connector.
This newest batch of leaked pictures reveal several new details. First, the new iPhone 5 cords appear to be about the same size as a Micro USB. Second, unlike current iPhone cords, the new ones have no marking to indicate which side should face up when the cord is inserted, suggesting that it can plug in facing both ways. This could possibly mean that the new cord incorporates the same MagSafe technology Apple uses in MacBook doc connectors.
Since before the release of the original iPhone in 2007, Apple has featured the same 30-pin dock connector in all of its iPods, iPads and iPhones. The shift in design may possibly represent an overall move towards smaller doc connectors for all of Apple's devices from 30 pins to eight or nine.
Apple fans have responded with a mix of interest and anger and the growing rumors that their new devices will feature redesigned doc connectors, largely because the change will likely mean that their current Apple accessories won't work with the iPhone 5 without using an adapter. Apple has yet to comment on these worries, but the latest rumors suggest Apple will initially be the exclusive sellers of these adapters, offering them for $10 a piece.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 at a special event on Wednesday, September 12 starting at 10 am.