iMore is claiming that Apple will be moving its entire lineup of iOS devices to the new connector sometime this year. This includes the current iPad, which was just recently updated in March.
iMore was the first source to claim that Apple will be moving to a new dock connector. They note that the source for this information is the same who had previously told them Apple would be moving to a new dock connector.
iMore has learned that Apple intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized Dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall. This would include the new iPhone 5, the the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the rumored 7-inch iPad mini, and an updated version of the current 9.7-inch iPad.
Apparently, Apple believes consistent Dock connectors across the line, and other improvements they’re able to make to the new iPad this point, are more important than sticking to yearly release schedules.
It will be interesting to see the interest of users to adapt the updated iPad only for the new dock connector.