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The language they used was 8 pins for signaling. Technically, ground isn't signaling.
  Personally, I think Thunderbolt will come, and using the same connector. Remember how Thunderbolt cables are "chipped" so that in the future optical cables and connectors would still be compatible with existing "wired" cables and connections? The same type of thing can and will be done here. 
  Well, I think you'll be able to support most of the existing docks and devices with the 30-pin to 9-pin-and-phono-plug adaptor. That will give you almost everything you need for now except video, and the future of audio/video is streaming via AirPlay and low-power Bluetooth 4.0.    Heck, one has only to look at the external speaker market to realize that everyone is going Bluetooth, as that gives you iOS, Android and Windows 8 phones and tablet support.
As I wrote earlier in the day, I think Apple will use "smart" cables that support USB 3.0 today, and have the potential to support ThunderBolt in the future, much like today's wired TB cables and gear will be supported by tomorrow's optical TB cables and gear. http://www.isights.org/2012/09/inside-the-iphone-5-smart-cable.html
My thoughts on the new reversible, USB 3.0 compatible, not quite-yet Thunderbolt, non-MagSafe cable... http://www.isights.org/2012/09/inside-the-iphone-5-smart-cable.html
It's the $10 a month app store gift card that interests me. Is Amazon subsidizing Android app development for the Kindle FIre?   http://www.isights.org/2012/09/amazon-new-fire-under-android-developers.html
  Flimsy? If they're doing what I think they're doing, it won't be flimsy. See "structural" in my previous post.
  It lets them make the battery taller, almost to the very top of the phone. It also places the jack at the bottom of the phone, near the new plug, which will come in handy with the 30-pin accessory adaptor (both from an electronic and structural standpoint). 
  They do. And that's why they're still selling the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. The easiest way to build upon economies of scale is to keep building a lot more of what you already know how to build...
  Again, tell that to the shuffle, nano, mini, and iPod. And to the 11", 13", 15" and (formerly) 17" MBP. And to the 21" and 27" iMac.   The point being that they WILL build to hit a niche if they believe it's wanted and if they believe they can build a quality product that fills that need.
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