Apple has signed an agreement with the EU by which it accepts to implement this standard in its products and it seems that this year will see this change coming.
The patent describes a redesigned iPhone charging and data port, leadig to speculation that Apple could be replacing its current 30-pin connector with a 19-pin one.
According to the patent abstract, the cable will offer both power and data transfer.
“A power adapter for a peripheral device such as portable electronics device is disclosed. The power adapter includes a housing that contains electrical components associated with the power adapter. The power adapter also includes a data port provided at a surface of the housing. The data port is configured to provide external power to the peripheral device,” the abstract reads.
The filing also explains that the smaller port is built to reduce the size of Apple’s connecting devices.
“It would be desirable to remove the total number of connections made to a peripheral device so as to reduce the number of connectors and cables needed to operate the peripheral device. By reducing the number of connectors and cables, the peripheral size and the cost of the product may be decreased as well as the ease of use of the peripheral device may be improved,” the document said.