Report: Apple actively seeking to phase out Lightning connector on future iPhones

Report: Apple actively seeking to phase out Lightning connector on future iPhones 1

Report: Apple actively seeking to phase out Lightning connector on future iPhones

Apple is actively working to remove the Lightning connector from future iPhone models, and in fact considered removing it from the iPhone X, according to a follow-up from MacRumors on today’s report on AirPower development. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman noted in the original report that “Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely” during the development of the iPhone X — which Gurman confirmed to MacRumors would have meant removing the Lightning connector entirely — but opted not to do so due to the lower speed of wireless charging and the added cost of including a wireless charging accessory in the box. That said, reports have circulated for the past few years that Apple is looking to remove most of the external ports and even buttons on the iPhone — a process that began with the controversial elimination of the headphone jack in 2017 — so it seems reasonable that as the cost and performance of wireless charging reaches an acceptable level, the Lightning port will be phased out entirely, and this also makes it seem unlikely that Apple is seriously pondering a switch to a native USB-C port. That said, the removal of the Lightning port is likely still a few years away, although with an increased focus on wireless headphones and wireless sync — compared to a few years ago, relatively few users tether their iPhone to a computer anymore — it definitely seems like something that is possible. It would also eliminate one of the most significant security vulnerabilities in the iPhone by preventing any direct connections at all — something Apple has already been working to tighten up in iOS 12.

  1. I use a charging pad for my iPhone 8 at night. Had AirPods for a while and my car has bluetooth for music and calls. I can’t remember when I last plugged anything into the Lightning port. I might occasionally miss plugging in an SD card or video adaptor, but I’d be ok without a Lightning port for the most part.

  2. It is not so ‘ridiculous’ a thought. All Wireless is coming, even for the iPhone.

  3. What a ridiculous thought, not everyone wants wireless headphones.I have wireless for running, but a really good pair of earphones when I want to listen in general at other times. Losing the headphone jack I can live with as long as there is an adaptor for the lightning port but this???I’m sure they’d lose many iphone users if this came to pass.

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