TechCrunch is the latest to throw its hat into the ring with the claim that Apple’s 30-pin dock connector is no more, with the iPhone 5 set to feature an all-new 19-pin solution.

We’re now just a few months away from what everyone in the technology industry almost universally agrees will be an iPhone launch. Whether the device is called the iPhone 5, or whether Apple does indeed drop the number and simply go with ‘the new iPhone,’ one thing is beginning to appear to be a dead certainty – the iconic dock connector is set to see a revamp.

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Alongside rumors of a redesigned body, the new iPhone has seen plenty of chatter that could point to an all-new design for the dock connector that has been around ever since the iPod first became the huge music-playing monster that it is today with the 3rd-generation device. 30-pins strong, the dock connector has fed power and data to a whole range of iPods and iOS devices since its introduction and has gone largely unchanged. Now though, it seems Apple is finally ready to give the connector a refresh, making it smaller in the process.

That is, according to TechCrunch.

The notorious tech blog has apparently independently confirmed that Apple is indeed replacing its 30-pin connector with a new, 19-pin solution that is obviously smaller than the current effort, saving on valuable space both internally and externally for the next iPhone.

Videos have already been circulating that appear to show the new iPhone’s shell, along with a smaller dock connector. The news that TechCrunch is now also throwing its weight behind the suggestion that a new dock connector is in play with this generation of iPhone does help to add some weight to the news that was previously being treated as nothing more than a rumor.

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October is the time when we will know for sure just what Apple has up its sleeve, though we do wish the company would join the rest of the free world and jump onto the micro-USB bandwagon that makes charging smartphones, e-readers and the like as easy as possible. That’s not really Apple’s game though, is it?

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