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 The reason isn't anything political, like a new desire to conform to an outdated micro-USB standard, but typically Apple: to save space inside the iPhone 5 for what are now more important components. /i]
iMore suggests the main reason Apple is looking at a smaller dock connector is to gain valuable internal space. Perhaps to make room for a LTE chip. Interestingly, 9to5Mac noticed that before the release of the iPhone 4S, the WSJ reported that "the company has been experimenting with features such as a new way of charging the phone".
If Apple was to design a new micro connector for the next iPhone, they could provide an adapter that would allow consumers to still use their older accessories.