Leaked 9 Pin iPhone 5 Connector (Photo : iLounge)
An iPhone 5 charging cable with a smaller dock than the iPhone 4S has leaked, fortifying rumors that a 9 pin connector has taken the place of Apple's 30 pin standard.
iLounge first broke the news after the image was first posted by an employee of Veister.com on twitter. Veister is a tech accessory manufacturer. SlashGear notes that the cord on display is not the average length for such cables, hinting at the possibility that the accessory is 3rd party.
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It is unknown whether or not the new cable will be compatible with the iPad 3 or rumored iPad mini.
Speculation points to the inclusion of Magsafe technology in the cable, allowing it to snap into place securely. No confirmation has been provided on the subject by Apple.
Apple plans to debut the iPhone 5 at its September 12 press conference and open the device up for pre-order the same day. The smartphone is expected to be available on store shelves by September 21, a week after the conference, with iOS 6 hitting the same day as the device's release.
Analysts believe that the release of the iPhone 5 could be Apple's most profitable launch yet.
"If [September 21] is the actual ship date, Apple could sell 6 to 10 million iPhone 5's in the final week of September barring supply issues," said Gene Munster analyst Piper Jaffray. He predicts that sales for the September quarter could range between 26 and 28 million units, with most of the purchases taking place during the iPhone 5's first week on the market.
Look for official word from Apple on Wednesday.