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Confirmed: Apple Will Make Your iPhone Accessories Obsolete

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If what TechCrunch is reporting about Apple’s (AAPL) new iPhone is true, it means a lot of changes are in store for anyone with a fleet of accessories. TechCrunch says it has independently verified that Apple is replacing the current 30-pin port with a 19-pin port on the new iPhone.

The new port, pictured in a Mobilefun post, is similar to the Thunderbolt port on the MacBook devices, although sources reveal to TechCrunch they will not be identical.

30-pin ports have been the standard on Apple devices since the 3rd generation iPod. While Motorola (GOOG), Nokia (NOK), HTC, Samsung, HP (HPQ), RIM (RIMM), LG and almost every other manufacturer of mobile devices have micro USB capabilities, Apple remains the lone detractor, and apparently has no plans to change that any time soon.

TechCrunch says that three independent manufacturers were in agreement that the 19-pin port is in the works. While many accessory manufacturers are facing an uneasy few months as they wait for the official news of the standard to be announced, Apple users may also face the reality soon that every accessory from charging stations to iPhone speakers will be rendered obsolete.

(See also: Apple to Make Your Docking Accessories Obsolete)
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