The 2021 iPhone is a far-fetched concept since details about next year’s iPhone are extremely scarce, but a recent rumor might get fans of the American tech company hyped up for the next “next iPhone”, because Apple is working on removing the charging port of the 2021 iPhone and switch to wireless-only charging, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says.
About the rumor
Kuo says that he expects to see “more differentiation” from Apple when it comes to their top-tier devices (which will probably be named iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 if they maintain the same naming plan that we are used to).
“We expect that the highest-end model would cancel the [Lightning] port and provide the completely wireless experience,” Kuo stated in one of his latest articles that was published by MacRumors.
However, this is not the first time we hear a rumor that Apple might ditch their representative lightning connector, but such a big change will surely prove to be more dramatic than simply switching to USB type C. Such a transition will put a shadow of obsoletion over wired iPhone accessories from the past. This also means that all communications will be done wirelessly, most likely via Bluetooth, which might be unreliable at times.
The first advantage resulted by moving to wireless-only charging is a possible reduction in phone thickness, because the coil that is used to pick up energy wirelessly is thinner than traditional connectors.
Reviving old tech
Migrating to wireless only charging could potentially mean that Apple might bring back their unsuccessful Airpower wireless charging mat that they ultimately canceled in 2019, after a long series of delays.