A new report this morning from iLounge, who based on two sources, claim the new iPhone dock will be just 8 pins. The current dock connector is a behemoth at 30 pins, but recent reports had the new smaller dock being 19 pins. Apparently Apple had received a patent on what appeared to be a 19-pin or 16-pin dock connector, which could simply be the adapter we will all inevitably need.
The reasons for Apple’s move to a smaller dock connector are plentiful. The smaller dock enables more room inside for components. With expectations of a larger display and support for 4G LTE, the need for a larger battery exists. This move also facilitates moving the headphone jack from the top to the bottom of the iPhone 5. While that move does not appear to be popular, we’ve seen it on several of the latest parts leaks.
Today’s report does provide some insight as to new features of the new dock. One of the sources says the orientation of the charger will not matter, similar to the MagSafe.