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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 10

John Cox | Aug. 13, 2012
How many pins can dance on the end of an iPhone?

How many pins can dance on the end of an iPhone? The iOSsphere darkened with crisscrossing claims of 8, 9, 18, 19, and debated whether they'll be incorporated in a MagSafe port.

Also this week, the French-Chinese Leak Connection leaked a rising flood of component images and iOS 6 was mined for tantalizing clues to iPhone 5 features.

You read it here second.


"These cases are likely designed based on the same iPhone 5 leaks and rumors we report. So it's no shock that they match most of the rumors."

~ Josh Smith, GottaBeMobile, unintentionally describing the self-reinforcing and self-deluding nature of iPhone rumoring


iPhone 5 connector dock will have nine (9) pins

9to5Mac has added an authoritative voice to the intense iOSphere debate over the question of "how many pins can dance on the end of an iPhone?"

The answer, according to Mark Gurman, is nine.

"At this point, it seems highly likely that the next-generation of Apple's iOS devices will carry smaller dock connectors," he confidently assures his readers. "However, the exact size and amount of pins has been up in the air."

It now comes down to Earth. "However, today, we discovered a possible reference to a 9-pin dock connector in the iOS 6 beta [code]," Gurman reveals. "The reference comes as a new iOS hardware feature called "9Pin," so we're assuming this has to do with the dock connector. Obviously, there is no way to be 100% about this."

Needless to say, that will not stop many people from being 150% about this.

Here's what 9t05Mac found: 00002d9c t_copyDeviceSupports9Pin. And here's the screen shot with the tantalizing 9Pin reference. 

"Of course, this is only a single iOS-based reference, and Apple's plans for pin-formations could change at any time." Of course, if the phone is going to be announced on Sept. 12, there aren't going to be changes in the pin formations, or in anything else.

iPhone 5 will have the teensy dock, and it will be a new MagSafe connection was thrilled to relate that "leaked" photos showed a comparison between the bottom edges of the iPhone 4S and the upcoming iPhone 5.

And among other things, that means the photos show or confirm that iPhone 5 will have a really teensy dock connector (see prior rumor), possibly in the form of a modified MagSafe connector to support both power and data.

"Leaked photos have depicted a micro dock that could very well consist of only 7-9 pins," writer Alex Heath announced. The photos came from the French site, which actually got at least some of them from a post in Taiwan's AppleDaily.


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