First off, a dock connector is a connector used to attach mobile electronic devices to multiple types of external resources. According to Wikipedia, these dock connectors “will typically carry a variety of signals and power, through a single connector, to simplify the process of docking the mobile device. A dock connector may be embedded in a mechanical fixture used to support or align the mobile device or may be at the end of a cable.”
An iPod dock connector is the general form of dock connector for most current Apple devices, such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. In the beginning, the Apple dock connector allowed for USB, FireWire, and other audio output connections. Now with all the technological advances, audio/video was added to the connector, and FireWire was phased out. The ability to charge the Apple device has always been embedded within the dock connector.
The iPod dock connector has a proprietary 30-pin connector. The majority of these connectors have a dock connector on one end and a USB connector on the other. There are other adapters, such as a dock connector and a car cigarette lighter adapter, or with a DC power outlet on the other side.
So check out Eio’s catalog of Apple dock connectors.
Unsoldered iPod Connector, Comes in 7 Pieces. Easy to Assemble. Style 2 uses a metalized connector for greater stability and connection retention.
Don’t think you can solder the tight pitch of the iPod connector? This is the breakout board for you. The PodBreakout Mini brings the most commonly used pins of the iPod connector out to through hole pins. The board fits inside the connectors shell housing for a nice clean-looking hack.
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