The iPhone 12 looks set to be an excellent range of handsets. With four phones of three different sizes, the range looks set to cover a wide variety of price points, but all the phones in the range will be 5G-capable, and all will be sporting the latest tech.
But according to new reports, there’s a new iPhone on the horizon, due out in 2021. This iPhone is said to be totally portless, eschewing any kind of physical connection such as a lightning cable.
That’s right: Apple could be looking to abandon its signature lightning cable in future generations of iPhone. The information comes from top Apple leakster Jon Prosser, who posted the following information to his Twitter account.
Prosser states Apple will “never” accept using USB-C, despite the European Union’s new regulations on universal phone charging. Apple seems like it’s going to get around this by offering a lightning-to-USB-C converter in European markets, but eventually, Prosser claims the phones will look to go portless.
A cheaper model – perhaps the iPhone SE 2 or SE Plus – is said to arrive with portless next year, with Prosser claiming “eventually, they’ll all be portless”
The portless iPhone looks set to revive Apple’s long-gestating “AirPower” wireless charging system. But if Apple really intends to double-down on a portless phone there are several barriers to entry: one is the phone will have to come with its own set of AirPods and a wireless charger, which are sure to drive the price up.
Is this the reason why pundits suspect the portless iPhone will be based on a cheaper model like the SE? To look at another experimental smartphone technology – folding phones – the specs are kept sub-par to mitigate the cost of the emerging technology. It stands to reason a portless iPhone isn’t going to contain flagship specifications.