Apple is currently looking for a new ‘connector design engineer’ to work at its Cupertino headquarters. Why does anyone care? The job postings lend credence to recent rumors that the next iPhone may include a revised, smaller connector to replace the ubiquitous 30-pin dock connector which first made its debut on the third-generation iPod in 2003.
The dock connector has been included on every Apple mobile device since that time, including iPods, iPhones, and iPads. The 30-pin connector originally made it possible to connect iPods to both FireWire-based Macs and USB-based Windows PCs. It can supply a small amount of power to attached accessories, as well as output digital audio and video data. It also facilitates two-way communication between attached accessories like speaker docks, data interfaces, and more.
Not quite, but good effort.
However, recent part leaks have suggested that the next-generation iPhone, commonly referred to as ‘iPhone 5,’ will include a much smaller connector standard. The change is said to save precious internal space inside the device, though it risks making a whole cottage industry of ‘Made for iPhone/iPod’ accessories obsolete overnight.
Just so we’re clear on what Chris is reporting: Apple has posted a job in June, for somebody to design a connector rumored to already be designed, for a phone that is going to be announced and shipped in September/October (3-4 months). Yeah. I’m gonna call bullshit here.
I have no doubt that Apple is designing new connectors, for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and probably for devices we can’t imagine yet. But I don’t think them hiring somebody now provides any indication of plans for a revised connector on the iPhone 5.
peelman asked:Will we ever be able to post a video via a URL from the app? Tumblita is the only thing I can find that does it. Doing some URL detection on the clipboard like you do for links now would be awesome.
Yes, definitely. This is easily one of our most requested features, and as such, one of our biggest failings. It’s been far too long but we *will*...