iMore‘s Rene Ritchie reported that while the current 30-pin dock connector on the iPods, iPads, and iPhones were serving Apple well for around 10 years, the company is now working on a new dock connector. Apple’s new dock connector will reportedly be a smaller version of the iOS device syncing and charging port, but it will not be micro-USB or Thunderbolt.

iMore said Thunderbolt is unlikely due to lack of architecture support, and the report claimed micro-USB is out of the question due to its slow data transfer speeds. The report also hinted the iPhone 5 might be Apple’s first iOS device to use the new connector, and a WSJ report from last year said the 2012 iPhone would sport a new way of charging.

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