iPhone 5 Changes Could Be Costly

A reported smaller design for an Apple fixture could be the next change, but a rocky transformation is expected

By Joseph J. Fisher
|  Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012  |  Updated 11:31 AM PDT
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It could be just weeks before the announcement of the new iPhone, and more speculation is surfacing about its design, how it will be powered up, and what that means for your wallet.

Reuters is reporting that the standard 30-pin connector will be replaced with a smaller, 19-pin version. The smaller and thinner charger, which is said to closely resemble that of the MacBook, would allow Apple to explore additional design options, make the battery larger or make the device smaller.

The changes could mean a burden for consumers. While a new charger is expected to come with the new iPhone, consumers will need an adapter for existing accessories.

The traditional charger for the iPhone, which also powers up the iPod Touch and iPad devices, has been around since 2005.

In June, Apple launched the new MacBook Pro with retina display with a new charging port. An accessory was developed to make older chargers compatible with the newer machine.

Apple has not released a statement on the new version of the iPhone, but the sixth iteration of the device is expected to launch in the United States in October.

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