Apple looking for engineers to redesign the 30-pin dock connector

Apple posted a new corporate job offer seeking someone to go work in Cupertino to help redesign its 30-pin dock connector, used on all iOS products.

It looks like the 30-pin dock connector might be getting smaller in the upcoming iPhones, iPod touch and iPad models. The job posting corroborates recent rumors that Apple would shrink the size of the connector. They originated from the leaked photos of the next-generation iPhone, some of which show the bottom side of the device with an unusually small connector slot.

The advantage of making it smaller is simple. Having a connector port that takes up less space inside the device gives Apple more room for more important hardware parts that could contribute better to the function of said device. Also, depending upon which dimension of the dock connector Apple is planning on shrinking, doing so might be necessary to make an upcoming iOS device — like, say, the next iPhone — thinner.

An excerpt from Apple’s job description reads:

The Connector Design Engineer will be responsible for managing multiple connector designs and developments in support of the iPod product lines. Cross-functional development and consulting will be a major part of your daily work. As a Lead Engineer you be responsible for identifying appropriate connection technology requirements for new products and follow through with selection and development of suitable interconnect products. This will often involve adaptation of existing connectors or complete new designs.

It should come as no surprise that Apple requires a long list of qualifications to get the job. The full posting is available on Apple’s website.

[via Ars Technica]

  • Mrm2

    Ijust wish that All the engineers would find a way to flatten the angle of the cord on any of these. simply put shy must it come off the bottom of the plug in? It would be much more convenient if the cord wouldcome off either the left or right side of the plug, and therfore lay along the side of the phone or tablet. Example… right now my blackberry tablet is charging as I type, so I am forced to keep the tablet flat and peer over my fingers or stop typing too often in order to catch spacing or typo errors. If the cord came off the side I could more easilyprop itup into a better viewing position while typing. Engineers should be forced to use the items for a week before sending the xesign in. It isn’t rocket science here guys and gals think about the enduser! – L. Ross-Mansfield

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