According to TechCrunch, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 is going to sport a new dock connector with a 19-pin port, which will replace the current 30-pin port.
The smaller port, which Apple is currently working on, will allow more space for other hardware in Apple’s iDevices.
Apple’s 19-pin port was first shown in photos of a potential iPhone 5 casing that 9to5Mac acquired, which also portrayed a thinner form factor and a taller screen.
The 30-pin dock connector has been standard hardware in Apple’s mobile devices for years. While a change will allow more space in the phone, it will render thousands of third party docks and cables useless.
TechCrunch says that three different independent manufacturers have agreed that the 19-pin dock port is coming, so any new cable or dock purchases should be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
Apple’s iPhone will be the first device to sport the new, smaller dock connector, but it’s safe bet to say that we’ll also be seeing it in next year’s iPad.