For several years now, users have been discussing the future of the Lightning port on the iPhone. Will Apple continue to be faithful to the connector developed many years ago, or will it still decide to replace it with USB-C? Or maybe even switch to a fully wireless iPhone without any ports. Given that the corporation has long switched to USB-C in its tablets, as well as in the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, the second option seems to be the most logical solution. However, among analysts, the quite popular version is that in iPhone 12 (or already in iPhone 13), Apple can completely abandon the ports in its smartphones, leaving only a single service connector. But is this a reasonable assumption?
USB-C in iPhone 12
I think no. Switching to USB-C makes sense for a number of reasons. Apple has already standardized USB-C for Macs and iPad Pro computers, so similar actions for the iPhone would complete the whole process of many years of transition. The ability to use the same chargers on all three devices would be extremely convenient, especially when traveling. So you took with you only the charge from the MacBook, and you can use it to charge not only a computer but also a tablet with a phone.
At the same time, there are many accessories that use the Lightning connector – from simple charging stations and wired CarPlay to high-quality audio and video devices. Switching to another connector will create exactly the same problems and “screams of pain” as switching from a 30-pin connector to Lightning.
Back in 2017, many in our Telegram chat said that Apple should go to USB-C in the iPhone and iPad. While the Lightning connector itself is smart, USB-C is even smarter and more efficient. Switching to a single charging standard for Mac and iOS devices will greatly simplify the ecosystem of cables and charging adapters. And the high-speed data transfer capabilities provided by the USB-C standard will allow Apple devices to work together better than ever.
However, now analysts say that now it is too late. Won the same Ming Chi-Kuo says that in 2021 we will get a fully wireless iPhone.
iPhone 12 without connectors
If Apple really wants to abandon the connectors in iPhones, does it really want to go through this whole nightmare with the transition from Lightning to USB-C, so that in a year it will be removed? I do not think so. With the same success, she can leave Lightning and then remove all the ports without too much pain. It would be in the style of Apple to do what other manufacturers have not yet decided on.
The same goes for the Smart Connector. Of course, this is a more accurate and minimalistic connector than Lightning or USB-C. It does not leak dust or water, as a regular port does. But again, there is no point in the intermediate stage before switching to an iPhone without connectors.
In any case, no matter what they do at Apple, there will be an inconvenience at first. For example, the vast majority of CarPlay devices are wired. Relatively inexpensive wireless adapters are available, but this is not the best solution. The same applies to Lightning speakers, headphones, charging stations, and much more. At the same time, most current iPhone owners already use wireless chargers almost all the time. Such chargers are increasingly found in cafes, airports, and other public places. They are in many cars.
But there are times when a wired solution may be more convenient. For example, it is much more convenient for developers who create applications to connect an iPhone to Xcode and perform the necessary code manipulations. Or if you’re traveling with a Mac, it can easily serve as a charging station for all of your Apple devices.
Apple can solve this problem by using a hidden port, as, for example, in the Apple Watch. It can be hidden in the SIM card slot. However, Apple seems completely uninterested in this approach. If we get rid of ports and cables, then completely.
So for now, a lot of evidence suggests that Apple will move from Lightning to a fully wireless iPhone over the next one to three years without intermediate steps in the form of USB-C or Smart Connector. What do you think about this? Take part in our survey and share your thoughts in the comments.