Apple is indeed replacing the classic 30-pin dock connector in the iPhone 5 with a new, reduced-size 19-pin connector, according to a reputable IT news resource TechCrunch.
Lately, many different rumors and concepts have been talking about a change in the look and design of the next iPhone 5 dock connector. TechCrunch says they've been able to confirm this rumor.
Specifically, TechCrunch reports:
It's worth noting that TechCrunch has a positive track record of Apple rumors. Even before the opening of the WWDC-2012 developers conference, reliable information about IOS 6 was published on the site.
Apparently, Apple is shrinking the docking port in order to increase the free space required for other components. According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 5 will be 20% thinner than its predecessor, will receive an enlarged 4-inch screen, support for 4G (LTE) networks and other changes.
It is also not yet clear how consumers of Apple's iOS devices will react to the reduced port, as it will make millions of iPhone accessories obsolete.