Now that the fifth-generation iPhone has arrived people are already speculating about Apple’s next major hardware release, the iPad 3, if previous releases are anything to go by this could well arrive in Q1 2012 – but we have some potentially frustrating information to let you know about.
According to some images which recently showed up on SlashGear the iPad 3 may well have a smaller 30-pin connector than its predecessors, now let’s not take this rumor too seriously just yet, but if it does turn out to be true it will mean that your existing 30-pin peripherals and cables etc won’t be compatible.
Below you can see some of the photos of the “new” connector, apparently SlashGear found this on a “reliable Asian website” – we must admit we can’t spot a great deal of difference, perhaps side-by-side things would be more noticeable.
Apple has stayed loyal to the 30-pin connector for a long time now, therefore we would be surprised if things changed, let’s face it we don’t think an iPad would massively benefit from a smaller port – especially as the connectors look pretty much identical. In our opinion Apple should stick with the original port, however if they do want to make a change perhaps they could introduce a new mini-Thunderbolt port and a MagSafe charger – this would make a lot more sense to us.
If Apple decides to change the port it will mean that anyone who bought peripherals / cables for the iPad / iPad 2 will not be able to use them with the iPad 3, we really don’t think this is something Apple needs to change, perhaps add an additional port for 1080p video output, but keep the trust 30-pin dock connector please!
Do you think the 30-pin port needs replacing?
Also See: Update on iPad 2017 refresh line-up