While it appears that Apple is indeed working on a smaller dock connector for its next-generation iOS devices, iLounge editor-in-chief Jeremy Horowitz reports today that the new port will use eight pins in one straight line instead of 19-pins as rumored for the past several weeks.
Horowitz claims that rumors of a 19-pin dock connector did not make sense due to the small size of the new port, noting that a recently awarded Apple patent depicting a 16-pin or 19-pin dock connector is likely related to a future “old dock connector to new dock connector” adapter for use with Apple devices that still use the current 30-pin dock connector.
Horowitz has also provided some information on an undisclosed feature in iOS 6 that will aid in the pairing of Apple devices that have Bluetooth 4 capabilities. According to the report, the feature will allow someone to easily link their iPhone with other Apple devices such as iPod nano, iPad and Mac for actions such as recording voice memos and making phone calls.
The feature would enable, say, a future iPod nano to display iMessages received by an iPhone, record voice memos that could be shared via the iPhone, and even initiate phone calls through its own headphones. It could also conceivably let you make iPhone calls from your iPad (or possibly even recent Macs), assuming the iPhone was paired with the computer over Bluetooth.
Yesterday, it was reported that Apple will be hosting a special event on September 12th to announce a myriad of new products, highlighted by the next-generation iPhone and new iPod touch. Apple’s latest iPhone iteration is expected to be thinner with a larger 4-inch display, aluminum unibody chassis and smaller dock connector.
The home button is expected to remain a part of the new iPhone, which is said to have a centered FaceTime camera, redesigned speaker grills and relocated headphone jack at the bottom of the handset. Moreover, it is also widely expected that Apple’s next iPhone will be compatible with LTE networks and could feature NFC for mobile payments.