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Apple considered removing the Lighting connector on iPhone X in favor of AirPower

The reason that Apple did not remove the wired charging system and Lightning connector with is was that it was not feasible at the time.

  • Published: June 22, 2018 10:44 AM IST
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Apple iPhone X was one of the most significant smartphone devices that Apple had launched after the first iPhone back in 2007. The device changed a number of things in the industry including the introduction of the now infamous notch that is taking the smartphone industry with the story. The company was the first to introduce such a premium device along with the removal of the home button and introducing Face ID, a true and sophisticated facial recognition system. Things that its rivals are looking to replicate on their devices with companies taking almost 8-9 months at replicating Face ID.

However, with all the changes in the iPhone X, it looks like Apple was not done removing things from the smartphone. According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Apple was looking at completely removing the wired charging system in the iPhone X. The reason that Apple did not remove the wired charging system and Lightning connector with is was that it was not feasible at the time. The report pointed out that Apple realized that wireless charging “was still slower than traditional methods” and including a wireless charger along with the new iPhones would “significantly” increase the price of the devices.

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The report went on to point that Apple was “eventually” hoping to “remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone”. Something that is still years away from being the reality. If the company went ahead with the removal of the Lightning connector, it would be yet another controversial decision by the company after it decided to remove the 3.5-mm headphone jack.

The reason for controversy would be because charging is not the only function that Lightning port is performing. It is also used for data and music transfer that includes syncing the device with iTunes. Other reasons include that removal of the connector would prevent the device from “directly connecting to” a range of peripherals as pointed by MacRumors marking a monumental shift in the peripheral industry. It is worth noting that Apple works and discusses a lot of potential plans for their future products before finalizing things.

Most of these plans don’t even see the light of the day so it is likely that the port-less iPhone is still not a thing. It is likely that future iPhones are likely to come with ports as this report comes right after it was revealed that Apple may be removing the Lightning port in favor of USB Type-C Port.

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  • Published Date: June 22, 2018 10:44 AM IST