Apple has just been granted a patent for a new 19 pin dock connector, rendering iPhone accessories useless.
The controversial 19 pin connector tipped for the iPhone 5 due later this year looks slimmer and smaller than the previous iPhone charge dock, and tiny by comparison to the iPhone 4 charging port (as pictured).
The new innovation allows the iPhone 5 to have a slimmer form factor and charger connection a la Android competitors like Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC.
The new 19 pin will replace Apple's usual 30 pin connector used on all previous iPhone models and accessories like speaker docks and other (usually pricey) accessories.
A typical iPhone speaker dock and charging station can set Apple users back several hundred dollars.
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The new Apple patent as approved by the US Patent Office, believed to be iPhone's new skinny charging dock, states it is a 'power adapter for a peripheral device such as portable electronics device.'
"The power adapter includes a housing that contains electrical components associated with the power adapter. The power adapter also includes a data port provided at a surface of the housing."
|The data port is configured to provide external power to the peripheral device.|
However, Apple may release an adapter to keep the potential backlash from iPhone fanatics who upgrade to "5", at bay.
"I really hope apple releases an adapter of some kind. I have too many apple cords and etc that use the current 30 pin port," one Apple user wrote on iPhone forum.
"I just want it to be a magnetic connector like their laptops," said another.
Two dock distributors in Australia confirmed last month that Apple is set to move away from a 30 pin connector to a smaller 19 pin connector.