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Leaker: Apple to Stick With Lightning Over USB-C for ‘iPhone 12’ Prior to Going Port-Less Next Year

Leaker: Apple to Stick With Lightning Over USB-C for ‘iPhone 12’ Prior to Going Port-Less Next Year
Apple will use a Lightning port instead of USB-C in the upcoming "iPhone 12," but it will be the last major series of Apple's flagship phones to do so, with models set to combine wireless charging and a port-less Smart Connector system for data transfer and syncing in the iPhone "13 series" next year. The…

Apple will use a Lightning port rather of USB-C in the upcoming “ iPhone 12,” however it will be the last major series of Apple’s flagship phones to do so, with models set to integrate wireless charging and a port-less Smart Port system for information transfer and syncing in the iPhone “13 series” next year.

The above claim comes from occasional Apple leaker and Twitter user “Fudge” ( @choco_bit), who last month shared alleged leaked iPhone 12 images revealing a revised rear camera selection with LiDAR scanner, a smaller sized front notch, and Home screen widgets.

Fudge declares that Apple has checked iPhone models with USB-C ports, but that these designs “won’t be making it to production.” Rather, Apple will stick to Lightning for one more year before changing the port with a Smart Port.

Shame the USB-c prototype iPhone 12’s aren’t making it to production. 1 more year of lightning.
Oh well, a minimum of wise adapter on 13 series.
— Fudge (@choco_bit) May 25, 2020

Claims of port-less future iPhones aren’t brand-new. Apple designers are said to ultimately be aiming to get rid of the majority of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone for a clean, streamlined gadget with less points of possible hardware failure.

Indeed, if wireless charging innovation improves in the interim, Apple could potentially get rid of wired charging entirely– and rumors do suggest Apple will launch an iPhone without a Lightning port in 2021.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the highest-end iPhone model coming in 2021 will provide a “completely cordless experience.” Charging would, presumably, be done all wirelessly through charging accessories, Qi-based or otherwise. (Whether the 2021 iPhone would be Apple’s so-called “iPhone 13” series or an “S”- design modification of this year’s upcoming “iPhone 12” is unknown.).

The addition of a Smart Connector, however, is a separate rumor. Using a Smart Port might conceivably finish the transition to a completely wireless system for iPhone, with daily charging and information transfer taking place over induction and wireless, and the Smart Connector supplying a way to connect devices and cover restore and healing needs through special adapters.

for information, wise connector thing on 13 series wont be the desired method to charge. D6x series (iphone 13 series) hasn’t really started appropriate advancement yet so iphone magsafe more of a strategy atm.
— Fudge (@choco_bit) May 26, 2020

Apple presented the Smart Adapter with the 2015 iPad Pro and upgraded it for the 2018 redesign. It lies flush with the bezel and has 3 pins supplying power, data, and grounding. It’s not impenetrable though, which is something that Apple would require to work on to keep its iPhone water resistance ranking.

All of this could of course be irrelevant in the event that Apple surprises everybody and releases an iPhone with USB-C this year, recommending that’s where its future lies in the meantime. Provided the course and objective of Apple’s iPhone advancement, that appears not likely, however we won’t know for sure until September or October, when Apple is anticipated to release its most current flagship lineup.

Rumors have suggested Apple will complete its shift to an all-OLED iPhone lineup in 2020 with one brand-new 5.4-inch gadget, two 6.1-inch designs, and one 6.7-inch handset. The 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model are believed to be higher-end OLED gadgets with triple-lens cams, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens electronic cameras and a more cost effective cost.

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