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Next generation iPhone cable with smaller connector spotted

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Next generation iPhone cable with smaller connector spotted - read the full textWe have seen images of the next generation iPhone in the past using a smaller version of the 30-pin dock connector that Apple has been using for so long. Now we have a photograph of a cable that goes perfectly with this new port, and it comes courtesy of a Twitter account that belongs to Jack...


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That cable looks as genuine as my grandmother's false teeth.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:58
  • DGCb

lame!! apple's years of innovation - smaller connector.. and oh! some new wallpaper.. lol

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  • 2012-08-23 13:55
  • PSvq

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:39 from 31Sw - click to readYou are just showing a lack of knowledge in that post. USB is limited when compared to a dock connector in all dock connector guises. They simply don't have the number of pins to connect everything a dock can. Hence why laptops also have dock connectors on them.

And as for your earlier comment on broken dock connectors vs broken micro USB. I've broken several micro USB connectors and not one dock connector.

I'd suggest you go brush up on your technical knowledge before wrongly assuming micro USB can cope with everything. It can't, it only has a limited Pin out.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:55
  • TkEL

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:49 from TkEL - click to readYeah but thing is you can always use wireless right? Compare to wastage, it' makes more economical sense and environmentally friendly.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:54
  • IWQj

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:39 from 31Sw - click to readYes, Mirco USB is way faster than Alexandra USB or even the outdated Daryl USB port. You made my day ;))

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  • 2012-08-23 13:53
  • TjX6

Why are people crying about a connector? With just about every device you have to buy new accessories anyway. It's good business sense to have your own specific connector.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:51
  • m77L

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:35 from 31Sw - click to readMicro USB cannot pass audio and video. The 30 pin connector can.

The closest micro USB to manage this was htc's extUSB which used the unused pin on micro USB to pass audio. But even then you needed a specific extUSB cable to do this as standard micro USB cables don't have the right pin out.

Micro USB audio docks use the micro USB por to charge and then have to have either a card reader and more processors to read the phone memory using it as an external hard drive and play the music itself. Or use a Bluetooth radio to stream the music whilst charging via the connector. Both are not as efficient as streaming through the dock connector and cost more to produce. Hence why they're nowhere near as common as 30 pin connector speaker docks.

And as for only apple benefitting. Well that's nonsense.

I'm sure Samsung et al decided to make iPhone accessories at no financial gain to themselves and to only benefit the competition. Nonsense. They saw how popular iPhone 3rd party accessories are and used good business sense to get in on the action.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:49
  • TkEL

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:16 from TkEL - click to readhahaha, in which way is USB limited? Every computer uses USB and you can use all components over the USB port and now you even have USB 3.0 which is way faster. Mirco USB is a normal USB port, but in small, just like Mini HDMI and normal HDMI, also the same, but in small, so it fits nicely, but there are no so called LIMITATONS.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:39
  • 31Sw

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:16 from TkEL - click to readActually, 3 of my friends happend to use the iPhone with its connector. All of them somehow broke their cable. This never happened with the Micro USB port. Cripple it with Micro USB? Micro USB cannot do, what the 30pin connector can? Why dont you tell me, what exactly, because what I think is, you dont really get, what a USB Port is for and what it can do. On a PC almost all new stuff you connect from the outside is USB. Micro USB is USB, but in a small way. Micro USB is the future and what you are saying makes no sense.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:35
  • 31Sw

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 13:24 from TkEL - click to readBecause this way, they produce something, that can only work with the iPhone, the other way around, it would not loose quality, but would work with a much wider range of phones and so potentially make more money for other companies. Apple is the only one, who has a real benefit from that.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:31
  • 31Sw

> In reply to Chamamen @ 2012-08-23 12:46 from Lc9A - click to readAnd to add to that..

Have you googled iPhone accessories? If you do, you'll find that apple brand accessories are by fain the minority. Almost every electronics manufacturer makes an iPhone accessory somewhere in their line up. Eve Samsung who are by far the biggest iPhone competitor make stereos and home theatre systems with iPhone docks on them.

So how is keeping the 30 pin connector only benefitting apple? If anything it's benefitting every manufacturer that has ever made a 30 pin accessory (of which there are millions).

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  • 2012-08-23 13:24
  • TkEL

Who cares

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  • 2012-08-23 13:23
  • i8ks

> In reply to Chamamen @ 2012-08-23 12:46 from Lc9A - click to readThere was a European wide agreement not a worldwide agreement to use micro USB standard. Apple chose to make an adapter to allow micro USB to charge and sync the iPhone rather than ditch the 30 pin connector as micro USB cannot cope with all the connections that a 30 pin connector can. Hence why there are so few micro USB peripherals compared with 30 pin peripherals. I'm guessing now. That with technology moving on, their new 9 pin connector will allow all the various types of data transfer that micro USB standard won't. Hence why they again chose not to cripple the iPhone with micro USB only.

Add to this the fact that micro USB connections aren't exactly robust. The connection itself is relatively flimsy and easily broken whereas the dock connector is quite sturdy

Samsung also use a 30 pin connector on their tablets. This is because micro USB is limited and they wish to allow for a much broader range of accessories to connect with their tabs going forward.

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  • 2012-08-23 13:16
  • TkEL

cable cost £23.99 for replacement : (

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  • 2012-08-23 13:12
  • dMXf

> In reply to Mag82 @ 2012-08-23 12:02 from 9BLs - click to readWhat?! Adaptor? European laws? What micro USB means to you? micro USB is worldwide and apple differ from all brands because they don't want micro USB entrance, they don't want their clients to bay acessories from other brands, only theirs...basically you are stuck with apple products, even who has iphones have to buy new material because of that entrance...

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  • 2012-08-23 12:46
  • Lc9A

> In reply to Mag82 @ 2012-08-23 12:02 from 9BLs - click to reada nokia 5230 mobile a 3 g suportebale mobile che ke shu ?????????
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  • 2012-08-23 12:36
  • vwes

> In reply to doodz @ 2012-08-23 11:29 from t7R} - click to readthe big deal is?



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  • 2012-08-23 12:32
  • t7Xk

i can use my HTC ONE X cable on this iphone5 !

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  • 2012-08-23 12:31
  • PVVB

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 11:32 from SpKR - click to readI think you will find its European law not worldwide so the have made a USB adapter

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  • 2012-08-23 12:02
  • 9BLs

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-23 11:32 from SpKR - click to readthey WANT to be dumb...differently

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  • 2012-08-23 11:46
  • uvjU

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