Next iPhone to Have 8-Pin Not 19-Pin Dock Connector, Bluetooth 4 Link
A new report from iLounge is claiming that the next iPhone will have an 8-pin dock connector rather than the 19-pin connector previously rumored.
According to two sources, Apple's new Dock Connector features only 8 pins, seemingly contradicting claims of "16-pin" and "19-pin" connectors. Although the original Dock Connector contained 30 pins, reports of 16- or 19-pin connectors seemed hard to square with the port's small size and Apple's actual need for additional pins beyond what USB/Micro-USB offer. No images or parts for the connector have leaked out, either. Both of our sources concur that there are eight pins in a line within the new Dock Connector, which may well receive a different name going forward.
One of their sources also claims that the new connector can be oriented in either direction similar to the MagSafe connector.
Apple is also said to be working on a new feature that would act as a bridge between Bluetooth 4 devices. This would allow you to view iMessages from your iPhone on your iPod nano, record iPod voice memos that could be shared to the iPhone, or even make iPhone calls from the iPad.
This report follows a previous one from the site offering new details about the release of the next iPhone and iPad mini.