Analysts expect Apple to drop Lightning from iPhone next year

Apple's flagship iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB Midnight Green model retails for $1,449.
Apple’s current flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB in Midnight Green

Echoing uber-analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O’Malley, and Baylie Harri see the potential for Apple to drop the Lightning connector from at least one iPhone model in 2021.

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

In a research note provided to MacRumors, the analysts added that the rear-facing camera system on iPhone 12 Pro models will feature 3D sensing based on a time-of-flight solution, as widely rumored. They also expect iPhone 12 Pro models to be equipped with 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB in iPhone 11 Pro models…

[Apple could] remove the Lightning connector from at least one iPhone model in 2021… This could result in wired EarPods being removed from the box, they said.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, Apple would not include wired earbuds along with a port-free iPhone.

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.


    1. On laptops you mean?

      Physically speaking, USB-C should be used for data only, because like it or not, miniaturization makes it inappropriate for plugging in power at least 1-2 times daily. Apple should bring back MagSafe for power. Even before you trip over it, heavy power cable strung to the nearest wall imparts huge forces compared to, say, a lightweight headphone wire. Too bad Apple and some others forgot all that. On one of my work laptops, both power and USB-C are options for charging, what a concept.

      To further eliminate wear, bring back other ports. An analog/digital minijack with Toslink like older MacBook Pros could be used alongside S/PDIF, Ethernet, HDMI, Displayport, and other useful ports. That eliminates the clunky adapters that add unnecessary physical loads on USB-C ports.

      How is Lightning in any way a more durable connection than any version of USB? It simply isn’t. In fact, Lightning is actually wimpier than the clunky old 30 pin dock.

      Finally – who were members of the USB committee that designed USB-C? Oh, yeah … Apple.

    2. Even so, I’m guessing consumers want all ports to be of the same type and definitely not willing to pay the extra cost for Apple’s Lightning port. I have a couple of devices that use USB-C and I hadn’t noticed they were that flimsy. I use USB-C for nightly charging and it just seems like a simple connector. I’m not tugging or forcing anything so I’m not sure why it would have a tendency to fail any more than a microUSB connector would fail. I’m certain, in the past 40 years or so of computing with Apple products, I’ve never had a connector that failed on me. Some of the products I used for seven or eight years but I certainly wasn’t removing the connectors on a daily basis.

  1. It would be great to have a single connector for all devices. USB-C fits the bill since it can provide the power range needed for laptops and has a similar size to lightning.
    My experience with USB-C is that I have not had tripping issues. When I first got my touch strip MBP, I bought a mag-safe adapter. When that stopped working, I started to use the USB-C directly and not had issues.
    Got a new work laptop and that is USB-C also. That’s great because I don’t need to carry multiple chargers for my perosonal and work machine. Add on phone etc. to this list then traveling will become simpler since I will need fewer cables and chargers.

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