London: Apple will include a smaller connector in iPhone 5, its next version of the iconic device, rendering current accessories potentially obsolete, The Telegraph reported Monday.
The iPhone 5, expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom", sources said.
It will mean the phone will not connect with accessories such as speakers and power chargers that form part of the ecosystem around iPods, iPads and iPhones, without an adaptor.
The redesign may annoy owners, but accessories manufacturers are preparing for a sales boom, according to analysts.
"It represents an opportunity for accessory vendors," said Pete Cunningham, London-based analyst at technology research firm Canalys.
"The iPhone connector has been a standard for a long time now and I would expect the same to be true for a new connector, should Apple change it as expected."
Tech blogs have long speculated on the demise of the 30-pin connector, which at 21 mm wide takes up a lot of space, the newspaper said.
They say that a smaller connector would give Apple more scope for new product designs or a bigger battery, or simply to make ever smaller products.
Unconfirmed pictures of the "iPhone 5" have also emerged that show a much smaller aperture.
Some vendors in China have already begun offering cases for the new phone, complete with earphone socket on the bottom and a "guarantee" the dimensions are correct, the Telegraph said.
But many industry watchers expect that Apple will offer a solution for those who have invested heavily in expensive speaker docks or other more expensive iPhone accessories.
The overall smartphone accessories market was recently predicted by ABI Research to be worth $20 billion for 2012, with the iPhone thought to account for the lion's share.