One of the most contentious rumors circulating about the next iPhone is that the 30-pin dock connector that's been used since the first iPod will be replaced with a smaller, space-saving connector. If this happens, virtually every iPhone/iPod accessory will not be compatible with the new iPhone. However, according to a report from iMore, Apple will offer an adapter that will make all new iPhones compatible with devices like speaker docks and chargers that use the 30-pin dock connector. 

While this seems like it should have been filed in the obvious drawer, because of all the questions we've been getting, and posts we've been seeing, iMore reached out to the original sources that gave us the new Dock connector story way back in February just to make doubly sure -- and yes, there will be an adapter for the iPhone 5's smaller Dock connector that will let it work with many of the accessories designed for the old 30-pin Dock connector. 

TechCrunch first reported about the possibility of a smaller dock connector early this year. And today Reuters became the first large news company to report that the next iPhone will indeed sport a smaller, 19-pin dock connector "to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom."

[via MacRumors]