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Tech & Science Will Apple kill off the Lightning charging port on its iPhones?

05:45  08 december  2019
05:45  08 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Apple may finally be killing off its Lightning cables to make way for wireless-only charging . Top analyst with TF Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo Though Apple has started to transition some of its devices to USB-C, it decided to retain the Lighting connection on its most recent round of iPhone 11 devices.

a hand holding a piece of paper: Charge your phone anywhere by bringing a portable charger and extra long cord © Getty Images Charge your phone anywhere by bringing a portable charger and extra long cord

First, Apple "killed" headphone jacks in 2016, then Touch ID fingerprint scanning went away in 2017 with the iPhone X. Could the lightning cable be next to go?

The iPhone giant is reportedly planning to launch a high-end smartphone in 2021 without a charging cable port, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who works at TF Securities. Kuo has gained a lot of respect in the tech community for nailing predictions of previous Apple products.

The future iPhone will supposedly offer a "completely wireless experience," Kuo said in a research note obtained by MacRumors.

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First, Apple “ killed ” headphone jacks in 2016, then Touch ID fingerprint scanning went away in 2017 with the iPhone X. Could the lightning cable be next to go? The iPhone giant is reportedly planning to launch a high-end smartphone in 2021 without a charging cable port , according to analyst Ming-Chi

Apple 's future iPhone would ditch all ports for wireless charging or audio, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted.According to the analyst, the purported iPhone will be launched in the second half of 2021 and offers a completely wireless experience, without any USB-C port either.

Removing the charging port means the device would require wireless charging and may allow iPhones to be more water resistant. It would mean iPhones are moving one step closer to looking like a flat sheet of glass, an ambitious vision held by Apple's previous head of design Jony Ive, who left the company over the summer.

Apple will get rid of the charging port to "create more differentiation between the highest-end and high-end models," Kuo predicts." The brand's latest iPhones support fast charging, which "gives you a quick and convenient way to recharge your iPhone 8 or later...up to 50 percent in 30 minutes," according to Apple's website. 

Apple doesn't respond to rumors, however the move would align with what the tech company is known for.

Apple has long gotten rid of ports and smartphone features to make iPhones appear thinner and sleeker. The tech behemoth first got rid of its wide, 30-pin dock charger in 2012. And many users were upset when it decided to nuke the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 and later models. 

The original home button has been gone for years now, and its replacement, the fingerprint scanner, is also in the grave. 

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