My goodness, it’s apparent that Apple is going to replace its 30-pin dock connector, but we’ve heard reports that it’s going to switch to an 8-pin option, a 9-pin Dock Connector and even a 19-pin plug. Which is it?
Well, the latest iOS 6 beta 4 build suggests that Apple will indeed adopt a new 9-pin Dock Connector. Fear not, however, there are already reports that Apple will offer an adapter that will make sure your fresh iPhone 5, iPad or iPod touch will still work with all of those 30-pin accessories you already own. (Yes, there are rumors that it’s going to revamp the entire line of iOS products, which will no doubt be a frustration for current iOS product owners.)
According to 9to5Mac, which discovered the code, the hint at a 9-pin adapter has actually been present in iOS 6 since the first beta build, but it was just discovered in the latest release. It’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo to us but, as 9to5Mac also suggests, it’s a clear sign that Apple is moving toward implementing the new port into all of its iOS 6 products. It’s certainly a tough hit to case makers, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you’re a current owner of the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The adapter will likely be cheap, if not free.