All those expensive iPhone accessories you own, the stuff that plugs into the bottom of the device - speakers, docks, chargers etc. They're about to become obsolete. 

Reports now indicate that Apple plans to change the design and size of the connector for the iPhone 5.

The old 30-pin connector, which has been the standard since the third generation iPod, is to be replaced by a 19-pin mini connector.

TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.

The new port is a similar in size to the Thunderbolt port available on many MacBook devices.

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