Recent reports and images have suggested that Apple plans to introduce a smaller dock connector for its iOS devices.
iLounge reports that third-party manufacturers have yet to receive the required engineering details needed for the production of docking accessories for the new handset.
The site writes:
“After nine years of steady third-party accessory growth for its devices, Apple faces a potentially serious ecosystem disruption this year, reliable sources have confirmed to iLounge. With only two weeks remaining before the expected debut of the next-generation iPhone, Apple has not offered third-party developers the components or engineering details necessary to build docking accessories for the new device—the first iOS product expected to ship without Apple’s now-ubiquitous 30-pin Dock Connector, which will soon be replaced across all future Apple pocket and tablet devices.”
Various leaks have pointed to a new 8 or 9 pin port that is rumored to be included in the next-generation iPhone and then in the iPad Mini.
The site speculates that in doing so, Apple may plan to dominate the holiday season as the company is likely to come with its own iPhone accessories