French website Nowherelse.fr
has uncovered what are said to be some of the first photos of the actual plug for Apple's new dock connector format
. In the past, only images of matching ports on next-generation iPhone parts have been leaked. The plug is smaller than the current Apple format for portable devices, and in fact much narrower than a regular USB plug, closer to micro- or mini-USB. The images are believed to have been found on a Chinese-language site.
A closer look
shows only eight visible contacts, which conflicts with some reports indicating that Apple is moving to a 19-pin format, but supports others calling for eight or nine pins. The plug may also be able to connect flipped on either side, unlike Apple's current design. A similar improvement was made with the MagSafe connectors used for MacBooks.
Apple is expected to reveal its new dock connector at a September 12th press event
. Aside from a new iPhone, other devices may get the format as well, including possibly Apple's entire existing mobile lineup
and/or a "mini" iPad model.