Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple plans to remove the Lightning connector for port-free, ‘completely wireless’ iPhone

According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will launch an iPhone in 2021 that doesn’t include a Lightning connector. Apple will only remove the Lightning port from the highest-end iPhone, creating a “completely wireless experience,” Kuo wrote in a note to client Thursday.


The removal of the Lightning cable, along with other differentiating updates, will boost shipments and the average selling price of the high-end iPhone models, Kuo, a top Apple analyst, wrote. Without the connector, the top-tier iPhone would provide a “completely wireless experience,” Kuo said.

Speculation has been building for several years that Apple plans to remove the Lightning [port from iPhone].

MacDailyNews Take: A port-free iPhone would be perfect for significantly increasing water resistance while also saving space that could be used for more battery or other components – it’s a win-win!


  1. Bad idea, Apple. You are not thinking this through considering all the numerous negative ramifications expertly posted here.

    I was hoping when Jony left the takeaway useful features, ports and expansion would finally END.

    Guess not…👎🏻

  2. I did have to smile at the idea that removing functionality will enable Apple to increase the selling price of the phones. One hopes there will be something in its place that warrants that price increase though if it’s just something wireless to enable the same performance as the present wired version now I still wonder how appealing that will be to many a potential buyer.

  3. Assuming that wireless charging becomes very widespread, I could see how a low end cheap phone wouldn’t have a lightning port, but the larger more expensive ones WOULD still have ports. Buying the cheaper one means you know that you’re getting less, but that’s because you’re paying less. And it becomes the port-less wonder that Steve always wanted!

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