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A new image has appeared online claiming to show a USB charge and sync cable for Apple's next iPhone, complete with a smaller dock connector that matches up with previous leaked components.

Cable maker Veister.com posted the image online on Wednesday (via iLounge), showing a traditional USB plug on one side, with a new, smaller dock connector on the other. Aside from the smaller dock connector, the cable appears similar to previous white Apple sync and charge cables.

The image matches up with a number of USB component parts that leaked earlier this month showing 8 contact pins on each side. But while the previous image showed only parts from the USB cable, Wednesday's leak purports to show the entire cable.

AppleInsider was first to report last week that Apple's new mini dock connector for its next iPhone is expected to feature a 9-pin, orientation-independent design — 8 gold pins that have been seen, plus the metal shell of the connector also serving as a functional contact.. Taking cues from its patented MagSafe adapters, the new plug is expected to work in two orientations.

The new mini dock connector will also take up about 60 percent less real estate than its predecessor, the legacy 30-pin dock connector that has been a staple of Apple's handheld devices since it debuted in the third-generation iPod classic nearly 10 years ago.

Docking cable


The cable is just the latest in a series of leaks claiming to show parts from Apple's anticipated next-generation iPhone. Most notably, a series of purported iPhone parts were put together earlier this week by a repair firm which found that the components fit together "perfectly," lending support to claims of their authenticity.

In addition to the new, smaller mini dock connector, the new iPhone is widely expected to have a slightly taller display that will measure 4 inches diagonally, but will have the same screen width as previous iPhone models. The new handset is also rumored to have a redesigned exterior that will see the headphone jack moved to the bottom of the device.

Apple is rumored to be planning a media event on Sept. 12 to announce its new iPhone, commonly referred to by the media and public as the "iPhone 5." It's likely that the device will launch the following week, on Friday, Sept. 21, which is now less than a month away.
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Nice. We'll be seeing a ton of these soon. Will be the second most common connector after USB.
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Nice. We'll be seeing a ton of these soon. Will be the second most common connector after USB.

That one does not appear to be Apple brand. FTC? I wonder what that stands for.

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Legit.


Originally Posted by mstone View Post
That one does not appear to be Apple brand. FTC? I wonder what that stands for.
 

Lowballing, Federal Trade Commision? Fair Trade Commission? Failure To Cope (what some users will be about this new connector)?

 

Also, it has the QR code of all prototypes right there, so Apple should be able to find this guy and get him gone.

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Why is the metal part SO big though? It looks ridiclous, not to mention that people will try to push it in further, because we've been trained over the years that it's not in fully until you can't see the shiny anymore, and it may result in iPhone or cable damage.

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Clearly more definitive proof of the iPad mini's existence.
 

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What are you saying? It's half the length of a USB connector which makes it about 5mm - hardly huge, and it will push in up to the white plastic.

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Originally Posted by marcusj0015 View Post
Why is the metal part SO big though? It looks ridiculous…

 

Plug looks exactly like any other plug in any other situation.

Looks ridiculous.

Okay.

 

…not to mention that people will try to push it in further, because we've been trained over the years that it's not in fully until you can't see the shiny anymore… 

 

I don't understand the problem. You plug the Dock Connector all the way in. You'll plug Dock Connector 2 all the way in. Just like every other port on your computer.


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Clearly more definitive proof of the iPad mini's existence.

 

This is actually the wall power cable of the full-blown, 80" Apple TV. You just also need their new 500W adapter cube.

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If Apple doesn't include some sort of adapter (free) to interface with the plethora of 30 pin devices there will be a major public outcry. It would be a stupid/horrible omission on their part.

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Why is the metal part SO big though? It looks ridiclous, not to mention that people will try to push it in further, because we've been trained over the years that it's not in fully until you can't see the shiny anymore, and it may result in iPhone or cable damage.

I think it does go all the way in to the white plastic part just like the USB end does.

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Looks fake to me.

  1. The new connector doesn't have the same clarity as the rest of the image.
  2. The new connector is much longer than any of the previous leaks of the socket on the iPhone could justify. Either it would be sticking out or going way deep into the phone.It looks to be 50% to 100% longer than the current design.
  3. The printing on the standard USB plug is not like anything Apple has ever placed on any other plug.
  4. It doesn't match the location of where the pins will fit in the new connector

 

Sorry, guys. You'll just have to wait. I think you've been asymmetrically screwed!

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Clearly more definitive proof of the iPad mini's existence.
 

 

...or not.

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Originally Posted by Don108 View Post
Looks fake to me.
  1. The new connector doesn't have the same clarity as the rest of the image.
  2. The new connector is much longer than any of the previous leaks of the socket on the iPhone could justify. Either it would be sticking out or going way deep into the phone.It looks to be 50% to 100% longer than the current design.
  3. The printing on the standard USB plug is not like anything Apple has ever placed on any other plug.
  4. It doesn't match the location of where the pins will fit in the new connector

 

1. Does it? What about matching up the point of gloss along the connectors?

2. Which we know, given how we know the depth of that socket and have had a chance to compare them… Wait.

3. Because it's a prerelease item… 

4. What location? 

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Why is the metal part SO big though? It looks ridiclous, not to mention that people will try to push it in further, because we've been trained over the years that it's not in fully until you can't see the shiny anymore, and it may result in iPhone or cable damage.



You know, I'm sure Apple has tested this cable once or twice. Just MAYBE. I love how people here see a screenshot of something and believe they suddenly have more insight and have found more flaws than Apple, who has no doubt been meticulously asessing every single angle of this new cable for the past couple years that will power 90% of the devices they sell for the forseeable future. You think its designed the way it is for the hell of it? And no, it doesn't look ridiculous. Every damn thing looks ridiculous if you're not used to it. Everything. The curernt cable will look ridiculous in a few years. Have some foresight.
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[*] The new connector doesn't have the same clarity as the rest of the image.

The photo does not appear to be Photoshopped. I downloaded the original one posted on twitter and inspected every channel. No evidence of Photoshopping whatsoever. All the anti aliasing is consistent as well.

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It doesn't look any "longer" or "deeper" than the current plug. 

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For god sakes Tim Cook, stop all the leaks!!! There are no surprises left of the iPhone 5. If there are no surprises why even bother hosting an announcement?  Perhaps that's your ultimate motive, you don't like to present in front of thousands so you're going to use leaks to make the announcements unnecessary?

 

What kind of doubling down on secrecy is this? Was that a joke?

 
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There are no surprises left of the 6th iPhone. If there are no surprises why even bother hosting an announcement?

 

You're fricking kidding.


What kind of doubling down on secrecy is this? Was that a joke?

 

The joke is that the people saying this think they're saying something meaningful.

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This is only a minor detail, and I've said this before, but I wish that Apple would make black cables. They obviously don't have to get rid of the white, clinical looking, made for women cables, just add black cables for those people who happen to have black iOS devices. White cables look out of place and annoying when plugged into my devices, most of which are black.

 

I bought a black third party iPad power extension cable a few months ago and it didn't even last a week, it was poorly made. When I buy my next iPad, I would like a black cable to be in the box. I very much doubt that that would happen, but a person can wish at least.

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This is only a minor detail, and I've said this before, but I wish that Apple would make black cables. They obviously don't have to get rid of the white, clinical looking, made for women cables, just add black cables for those people who happen to have black iOS devices. White cables look out of place and annoying when plugged into my devices, most of which are black.

I bought a black third party iPad power extension cable a few months ago and it didn't even last a week, it was poorly made. When I buy my next iPad, I would like a black cable to be in the box. I very much doubt that that would happen, but a person can wish at least.

I think that Apple has decided that the iconic white earbuds are an important part of their branding and since they are also very particular about the package design, having white earbuds and a black USB cable would be a jarring contrast. Perhaps someone makes a high quality black cable. I don't think the iPad comes with earbuds so maybe it makes sense there to have a black USB if the product is black.

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For god sakes Tim Cook, stop all the leaks!!! There are no surprises left of the iPhone 5. If there are no surprises why even bother hosting an announcement?  Perhaps that's your ultimate motive, you don't like to present in front of thousands so you're going to use leaks to make the announcements unnecessary?

 

What kind of doubling down on secrecy is this? Was that a joke?

 

Public speculation is just about the best marketing there is. And its free which makes it the best no matter how you look at it. But at the loss of a nice 'one more thing' at reveal time. The other unfortunate effect is that all the butterfly brains among us will instantly declare whatever is delivered a big fat FAIL because they already knew everything about it and were already dreaming up new (and impossible) devices. It is a pity because the surprises were nice. 

 

I'd love a bit more secrecy but I wonder how possible that is when you are ramping up to 4 million or so units per month with a ton of component suppliers involved.

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This is only a minor detail, and I've said this before, but I wish that Apple would make black cables. They obviously don't have to get rid of the white, clinical looking, made for women cables, just add black cables for those people who happen to have black iOS devices. White cables look out of place and annoying when plugged into my devices, most of which are black.

 

I bought a black third party iPad power extension cable a few months ago and it didn't even last a week, it was poorly made. When I buy my next iPad, I would like a black cable to be in the box. I very much doubt that that would happen, but a person can wish at least.

you can either buy a male to female usb extender cable and use it with the cable in the box. Or buy the 6ft/10ft cable in black and white from monoprice. Lifetime warranty.

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It's big on the pin side ( just as every dock connector should be) so other dock connectors or accesories can use the iPhone vertically, if it was small the iPhone would fall or it would break the inside of the dock... Great job apple! 1smile.gif Smart thinking.
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Originally Posted by Strat09 View Post
It's big on the pin side ( just as every dock connector should be) so other dock connectors or accesories can use the iPhone vertically, if it was small the iPhone would fall or it would break the inside of the dock...

 

That's one point about this whole thing I've never understood. Is there a single accessory out there that doesn't have some back support for the device? Whether the connector is wide/deep enough to hold up the device is completely irrelevant, as the docking area of the accessory itself is built to hold it up.

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For god sakes Tim Cook, stop all the leaks!!! There are no surprises left of the iPhone 5. If there are no surprises why even bother hosting an announcement?  Perhaps that's your ultimate motive, you don't like to present in front of thousands so you're going to use leaks to make the announcements unnecessary?

What kind of doubling down on secrecy is this? Was that a joke?
 

Yea... What 'he said' the reveal will be so underwhelming now that this got leaked!! I'm not even sure if I'll tune in for it...

Okay now for something I really mean, does the printing on the cable look like 'monoprice' it's fuzzy for sure but I've notice monoprice is going full on with branding just about everything they sell ...much to the chagrin of installers who don't want their customers in on their cheap source for all things cables and ... lots more now...

Link to normal charging cable...

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10831&cs_id=1083101&p_id=7863&seq=1&format=1#largeimage
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For god sakes Tim Cook, stop all the leaks!!! There are no surprises left of the iPhone 5. If there are no surprises why even bother hosting an announcement?  Perhaps that's your ultimate motive, you don't like to present in front of thousands so you're going to use leaks to make the announcements unnecessary?

 

What kind of doubling down on secrecy is this? Was that a joke?

 

 

Not reading the leaks and then watching the announcement will give you lots of surprises. You're just overly curious to read up on every possible leak so you won't be surprised, however for the average person, they will find out what the new iPhone is once it officially is revealed.

 

Maybe he has doubled down already, otherwise some of us would already be using them. (actually some of us are, oh wait, those were just some Samsungs I saw)

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I think that Apple has decided that the iconic white earbuds are an important part of their branding and since they are also very particular about the package design, having white earbuds and a black USB cable would be a jarring contrast. Perhaps someone makes a high quality black cable. I don't think the iPad comes with earbuds so maybe it makes sense there to have a black USB if the product is black.

I've been used to Apple's color policy ever since I bought a black Macbook when it came out. I never did like the white remote or white power supply cable that came with it. They charged a premium price for the black color, so it should at least have contained black accessories IMO. I agree that the white earbuds are iconic and instantly recognizable as Apple. I'm mostly talking about power supplies, power supply cables etc.


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you can either buy a male to female usb extender cable and use it with the cable in the box. Or buy the 6ft/10ft cable in black and white from monoprice. Lifetime warranty.

Look at his post. Made for women cables? I doubt he'd go anywhere near a female connector.

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you can either buy a male to female usb extender cable and use it with the cable in the box. Or buy the 6ft/10ft cable in black and white from monoprice. Lifetime warranty.

That's exactly where I bought my black extended cable. I didn't know that there was a lifetime warranty, so I guess I'll just send them the cable back, and hopefully they'll ship me a new one. The cable just basically split into two when I was disconnecting it from the ipad. The 30 pin connector came apart from the housing.

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For god sakes Tim Cook, stop all the leaks!!! There are no surprises left of the iPhone 5. If there are no surprises why even bother hosting an announcement?  Perhaps that's your ultimate motive, you don't like to present in front of thousands so you're going to use leaks to make the announcements unnecessary?

 

What kind of doubling down on secrecy is this? Was that a joke?

 

 

For all you know there have been zero leaks on the new iPhone, iPad mini, TV, connector, etc...

 

What until they've been announced, and then judge.

 

Remember last year when we saw all those unibody iPhone 5 images?

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I've been used to Apple's color policy ever since I bought a black Macbook when it came out. I never did like the white remote or white power supply cable that came with it. They charged a premium price for the black color, so it should at least have contained black accessories IMO. I agree that the white earbuds are iconic and instantly recognizable as Apple. I'm mostly talking about power supplies, power supply cables etc.

I know it is not an option for you, but Samsung makes a black power supply that looks just like Apple's, only black.
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The metal contact portion of the new connector needs to be longer because it is so much smaller.

If it were the same length, it would fall out too easily.  

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I know it is not an option for you, but Samsung makes a black power supply that looks just like Apple's, only black.

I'm sure that they do, being the sneaky bastards that they are.

 

I'm all good with power supplies for my macbook at the moment. I now have two of them (white), since I forgot to bring my power supply last time I went on a foreign trip, and had to buy a brand new Apple power supply in some overpriced and overrated European country which I was visiting.

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This is only a minor detail, and I've said this before, but I wish that Apple would make black cables. They obviously don't have to get rid of the white, clinical looking, made for women cables. ...

 

And I stopped reading right there.  :-/

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Maybe he has doubled down already, otherwise some of us would already be using them. (actually some of us are, oh wait, those were just some Samsungs I saw)

 

Think about it...this whole leak "business" is probably what got Samsung going on the dozens of designs they clearly had before the iPhone was announced. /s They had to know the Galaxy series was going to bite them in the ass so they threw a bunch of "prototypes" and "design studies" together to make it look like their design aesthetic was clearly moving in that direction and that the iPhone was nothing unique. But, hey, that's competition! Oh...wait...

 

Anyway I am very excited about this new connector...though it'll be another year before I can get an iPhone that has it (assuming this is the new connector). I worry a lot about breaking or even just slightly damaging the connector and the port when I'm charging my iPhone and I'm asleep. When my alarm goes off, I grab the phone sometimes a bit too forcefully forgetting it's plugged in. It looks like this should just easily slide out like a Magsafe connector.

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For all you know there have been zero leaks on the new iPhone, iPad mini, TV, connector, etc...

 

What until they've been announced, and then judge.

 

Remember last year when we saw all those unibody iPhone 5 images?

 

This isn't quite the same.  

Those images last year were few, they all had the same source, and they were obvious renders (not pictures at all).  

 

This year we have seen multiple close-up photographs of every single component including the "unibody" frame.   We've even seen multiple variations on some of the parts.  

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That's exactly where I bought my black extended cable. I didn't know that there was a lifetime warranty, so I guess I'll just send them the cable back, and hopefully they'll ship me a new one. The cable just basically split into two when I was disconnecting it from the ipad. The 30 pin connector came apart from the housing.

Most times you don't even have to send back the cable. Just contact them and they'll resolve it quick.

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Most times you don't even have to send back the cable. Just contact them and they'll resolve it quick.

Thanks, I'll do that.

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Look at his post. Made for women cables? I doubt he'd go anywhere near a female connector.

 

He's probably one of those guys that's scared of using the white products for fear of being thought "less manly" as well.  

 

I always chuckle to myself when I see some guy using a black iPhone, knowing that at least half the time this is probably their main motivation for the choice.  

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Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post
I always chuckle to myself when I see some guy using a black iPhone, knowing that at least half the time this is probably their main motivation for the choice.  

 

My mother refuses to buy a white one. She thinks the black one just looks all around better (combination of colors, cleanliness, etc.). lol.gif

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