Your next iPhone may not have a Lightning port

Ruben Fields
December 7, 2019

Gone are the days when Apple would release a single flagship iPhone once year. Clearly, the prospect of Apple introducing an iPhone model with a truly compact form factor now appears slimmer than ever. It would no longer be possible to connect a physical pair of headphones and depending on its implementation, it could be hard to use the device while its charging - a wireless charger is inconvenient for portability and travel. "We expect that the highest-end model would cancel the [Lightning] port and provide the completely wireless experience", Kuo writes in his latest remarks, which were published by MacRumors.

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo unveiled an unexpected detail to the upcoming iPhones of 2020 and even 2021. Lightning is getting long in the tooth now, and USB-C has it beat in every way.

Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that the fully wireless iPhone would improve sales, but that seems like something of a stretch.

Two of the four iPhone 12 models on deck for next fall will reportedly have dual-lens rear cameras, and the higher-end two will have triple-lens arrays. As of now, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has the biggest display, which measures 6.5-inch in size. At the present time iPhones have some of the slowest wireless charging functionality in the industry, with all supported devices being capped at 7.5W.

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For a while now rumour mills have been churning about the probability of Apple launching an affordable iPhone.

Other predictions from Kuo this week included an iPhone SE 2 Plus, will be apparently contain an all-screen design (either 5.5 or 6.1-inches) and be devoid of a Home Button.

Kuo is predicting that a followup to the iPhone SE 2 will be launched in 2021 as well as a new iPhone without lightning connectivity.

The four high-end iPhones are expected to resemble the iPhone 4, including a new metal frame that will probably have flatter edges. AirPods (and other Bluetooth devices) are a good alternative to the headphone jack, and Face ID has ably replaced Touch ID.

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