# from the everything-you-know-is-SCSI department


Apple getting ready to ditch the traditional iPhone, iPad, and iPod dock connector

By Rene Ritchie, Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm
http://www.imore.com/2012/02/23/apple-ready-ditch-traditional-dock-connector/

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An updated “micro dock” would make room for bigger batteries, 4G radios, and other components far more important to the iPhone and iPad in a PC free world.

We’ve heard that Apple is getting ready to ditch the dock connector as it’s currently sized and implemented on iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The reason isn’t anything political, like a new desire to conform to an outdated micro-USB standard, but typically Apple: to save space inside the iPhone 5 for what are now more important components.

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The importance of the dock connector has also changed. When the iPhone 4 was released, iOS was not yet PC free. There was no iCloud. There was no AirPlay. There was no Bluetooth 4.0.

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Apple probably won’t go micro-USB either, because it’s not faster and not Apple’s style.

A smaller dock connector — a “micro dock” if you will — makes a lot more sense.