iPhone 5 Rumor: Next iPhone May Come With New ‘Micro Dock’ */?> iPhone 5 Rumor: Next iPhone May Come With New ‘Micro Dock’

Posted by · February 24, 2012 4:14 pm

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If you’re like me, you’ve had your fill of iPad 3 chatter for the time being. Enough with the rumors and speculation; let’s just see the dang thing already. But then again, that’s sort of the beauty of the Apple brand—driving consumers crazy with unconfirmed reports of what the new device will hold, which in turn makes sure that everyone will have their eyes glued to their screens when next month’s iPad event finally gets here.

That being said, what better way to distract your anticipation of the imminent Apple tablet than with a rumor about the next-generation iPhone?

According to the popular blog iMore, Apple is considering the downsizing of its dock connector in order to save precious real estate inside the new iPhone.

Now I know what you must be thinking. Is it really newsworthy to talk about a new dock connector? Well, that was my thought at first, too. But then, after considering the perspective Hayley Tsukayama of the Washington Post offered in her reaction to the report, I realized it really is a pretty big deal—assuming the rumor turns out to be fact.

“[T]hat’s fairly big news,” Tsukayama suggested. “Changing the dock connector would mean that, essentially, an entire industry build around iDevice accessories would become obsolete.”

And given Apple’s love for saving space by introducing new components to their devices—including its decision to go with mini SIM cards—chances are high that the company will surge forward despite that stark reality.

While this new “micro dock” as iMore called it might mark just one of several times that Apple has “ruthlessly jettison[ed] the past for a better future,” the timing of such a change is likely to create somewhat of a backlash, at least initially. Although the American economy has finally begun to show some signs of recovery—currently on pace for 2 million new jobs in 2012 by some estimates—the fact remains that most people aren’t going to be excited to spend extra money replacing components that the new iPhone threatens to render obsolete.

Given Apple’s presently delicate status in the eyes of many consumers, a hasty move could push some people a little further than they care to be pushed at this point in time. However, if the history of technological change teaches us anything, it’s that most consumers eventually adjust and ultimately appreciate change, even if it results in inconvenient upgrade costs.

At the end of the day, I think the timing would make it a risky gamble. But then again, Apple does have a lot of spare chips that it’s looking to bet right now.