iPhones Will Go Portless Before USB-C

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Apple has only implemented USB-C on its iPads and MacBooks. The iPhone doesn’t have a USB-C port because in 2012, when Lightning was introduced on the iPhone 5, Apple said Lightning would last them another decade – that turned out to be true. But, “another decade” would end in 2022, and the company won’t be switching to USB-C. It’s going fully portless.

MagSafe was recently brought back from the dead, hinting that Apple is going fully portless sometime in the future. MagSafe is the future of Apple, as the puck can charge your iPhone faster than a traditional Qi charger, and some have said that MagSafe on the iPhone will eventually allow for true data connectivity. MagSafe is an easy solution for removing the port altogether.

Apple doesn’t want to switch to USB-C because, for one, it makes the iPhone more similar to Android phones, which all have USB-C right now. Apple also has Lightning which can fast-charge and get what most users want to be done. Lightning is even smaller than USB-C, so switching the port could require Apple to make the iPhone even thicker since it’s a much smaller portable device – not an iPad or MacBook.

The EU is trying to force Apple to add USB-C to the iPhone, and Apple has yet to respond. The EU recently mandated a standard that all technological products need to use USB-C, or they could possibly be banned. Apple usually doesn’t let a government entity stand in its way, but we will see what happens.

Apple already has MagSafe for the future, and there have been patents for another proprietary magnetic cable that could also replace Lightning. Apple has been working on that connector internally.

[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]

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