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Technology Apple will reportedly release an iPhone without any ports in 2021

20:05  05 december  2019
20:05  05 december  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Apple may be planning a big change to its iPhone launches after the iPhone 12

  Apple may be planning a big change to its iPhone launches after the iPhone 12 Apple may be planning a major shakeup of its normal iPhone release schedule, according to a JP Morgan analyst who predicts the company will soon start introducing new models twice a year instead of once, in the fall. That analyst, Samik Chatterjee, is out with a new report which forecasts that after Apple launches four new iPhone models next year -- including a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch iPhone -- Apple will switch to aThat analyst, Samik Chatterjee, is out with a new report which forecasts that after Apple launches four new iPhone models next year — including a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch iPhone — Apple will switch to a spring and fall release schedule starting in 2021.

Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a new research note predicting Apple’s next two years of iPhones, and there’s a wild new detail: Apple’s 2021 flagship iPhone will reportedly kill off the Lightning port, but USB-C fans (like myself) shouldn’t get too excited. According to Kuo’s note, Apple won’t replace the proprietary port with USB-C; rather, it will rely on an entirely wireless experience for charging and syncing, via 9to5Mac.

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The change would be a big one for Apple, which has relied on the Lightning port for all of its phones since it was first introduced on the iPhone 5 in 2013. And while modern-day iPhones are certainly less reliant on physically syncing data, going to a fully wireless model would have huge ramifications across the tech industry, with everything from charging cable companies to headphone manufacturers being impacted. Obviously, we’re still a long way out from 2021 — Apple’s 2020 iPhones aren’t even here yet — but Kuo does have a good reputation for predicting Apple’s plans, meaning it’s entirely possible that this is what the future of iPhones will look like.

Uh oh: Top Apple insider says iPhone 12 will be the last model with a Lightning port

  Uh oh: Top Apple insider says iPhone 12 will be the last model with a Lightning port Every few years, Apple makes a few massive changes to the iPhone that consumers don’t necessarily appreciate. The Lightning port replaced the 30-pin connector on the iPhone 5, and a few years later the iPhone 7 killed the 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone X’s arrival the following year marked the end of fingerprint sensors on iPhones, which were replaced with more sophisticated technology, the 3D face recognition system known as Face ID. Now, following earlier rumors that said Apple has been considering removing the Lightning connector from the iPhone, a new report from a trusted insider says that the first iPhone without the port might hit stores even sooner than we expect

Apple might go straight from Lightning to no ports at all in 2021

Additionally, Kuo’s note goes into more details about what to expect from Apple’s 2020 lineup, which he notes will feature five new phones. First up is the long-rumored iPhone SE 2, which Kuo says will have a 4.7-inch LCD display and a form factor nearly identical to the iPhone 8.

The fall lineup of iPhones is where things get a little odder. Kuo’s note says that Apple is planning four OLED iPhones, all of which will have 5G. Similar to this year’s phones, there’s reportedly going to be a high-end triple-camera model (which will also feature ToF technology), which will come in two sizes: a 6.1-inch model and a 6.7-inch model. Presumably, these two are replacements for the existing iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

There’s also a lower-end dual-camera model, similar to the standard iPhone 11. But unlike the current lineup, that dual-camera model will also come in two sizes. According to Kuo, the new model (let’s call it the iPhone 12) will feature a 6.1-inch size, similar to the current iPhone 11, but it’ll also come in a smaller 5.4-inch size.

Apple’s first new iPhone of 2020 is set for release within two months .
If you've been patiently waiting for Apple to release an iPhone SE 2, there's good news and bad news. The good news, though, is that Apple is planning to release a new and budget-friendly iPhone this coming March. And while the device won’t be as small as the iPhone SE, it will be drastically smaller than the entry-level iPhone 11 which boasts a gargantuan 6.1-inch display. According to a report from Bloomberg, the device in question will look similar to the iPhone 8 and is set to enter production in February ahead of an official release in March.

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