This has been the top story on Techmeme the entire day — complete with what may well be the worst headline ever to grace Techmeme: “What’s up dock? Apple to shrink connector for iPhone 5”
The pun is bad. The inability to count is worse.
John Gruber tried to talk some people off the ledge earlier:
Regarding the article: Apple is already abandoning its own only-a-decade-old proprietary adaptor for something better and smaller; PC notebooks still ship with huge 25-year-old VGA ports. Every time I bring this up, the VGA defenders argue that of course notebooks need to ship with VGA ports, added thickness be damned, because the world is full of VGA-only projectors. But the world is also full of Apple 30-pin dock connector cables and accessories. This is how progress is made.
Finally, Rene Ritchie comes through:
While this seems like this should go without saying, 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.
Thank god. Major international crisis averted. Just imagine if Apple had forgotten!