How and why Apple would remove iPhone’s Lightning port

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Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB in Midnight Green

Last week, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note to clients that Apple will launch an iPhone in 2021 that doesn’t include a Lightning connector for a “completely wireless experience.”

Jason Snell, Macworld :

I’m sure that, as with the headphone jack, there’s an argument that removing a mandatory port opens up space inside the phone for other technology, more battery, or both… Perhaps the removal of the Lightning port might be another step on the road to creating an iPhone that’s truly waterproof, not just water resistant.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

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!MacDailyNews, December 5, 2019

All of the issues that arise with a completely sealed iPhone can be solved with a “Super Smart Connector” that features high-speed MagSafe charging and data transfer for things like older vehicles with wired CarPlay via a simple magnetic attachment.

Do it, Apple!


  1. MDN speaks like the ghost of Ive past.

    Here’s how Apple could eliminate the Lightning port: by installing a USB-C port and, on some models at least, a reliable “it just works” headphone minijack.

    Anything else would be a huge step backwards in convenience, efficiency, and compatibility.

    No, travelers don’t want to carry around a charging puck. And less than 10% of customers want to pair a >$1k phone with a whole slew of new wireless dongles. Get over yourselves, Apple.

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