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iPhone 5, iPad mini Dock Connectors: 9-pin

It's a 9-pin dock connector located in close proximity to the headphone — it sure seems like we are seeing the real iPad mini dock connector.

Up close and personal, that’s the view afforded by freshly leaked photos purportedly of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini dock connector. This new source — an iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac repair service — has counted the gold pins and declared Apple’s upcoming dock connector has 8 pins, but the metal ring around the part also counts as a pin. Yup, that’s nine pins and very consistent with previously “leaked” images.

Well, we’ve had iPhone 5 and iPad Mini parts for some time now, but we’ve decided that we’d like to share this with our faithful readers. In the first picture below, you’ll see two 8-pin dock connector [image above] and headphone jack assemblies for the Mini iPad on the left. On the right, you’ll see two 8-pin dock connector and headphone jack assemblies for the iPhone 5 [image below]. The interesting thing here is these assemblies come in either black or white, suggesting a change in design for the devices — iResQ.

That said, these photos look very similar if not technically the same as the iPhone and iPad mini dock connectors previously revealed on Tapscape.

Another data point that has carried forward is the closeness of the dock connector to the headphone jack. Various sources, including Tapscape, have noted that Apple seems to be consolidating iPhone, iPod touch and iPad design — consistency is good for users and also Apple, which can save money on parts and service.

So what do you think — Are these genuine iPhone and iPad mini dock connectors? Or, have you seen enough of this stuff for this life (and a few to come) and couldn’t care less…

What’s your take?

It's a 9-pin dock connector located in close proximity to the headphone — it sure seems like we are seeing the real iPad mini dock connector.

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Michael Noonan
Michael Noonan

Couldn’t care less about this trivia. When it’s released, it will be of mild interest, but will make little difference to anyone except Apple’s designers.

Lilly Dale
Lilly Dale

Considering Apple puts as much effort into making the back side of the fence as beautiful as the front, parsing the minutia can be pretty interesting.

Lilly Dale
Lilly Dale

Considering that Apple puts as much effort into making the back side of the fence and beautiful as the front, parsing the minutia can be very interesting.