A project abandoned for many reasons.
Apple continues its path towards wireless and cable abandonment. Since iPhone 7, the giant has even said Goodbye to the jack to promote their Bluetooth headphones – and if possible, its AirPods. According to an article by Bloomberg, still well informed, the Cupertino firm even considered removing the Lightning port from its latest product, the iPhone X, to favor wireless charging. Fortunately, Apple has abandoned this idea in the face of too many technical and financial constraints.
Apple wanted to abandon the Lightning port.
It was a first step towards the connected whole that would be taken by Apple. According to Bloomberg, after the jack was abandoned, the Cupertino firm considered removing the Lightning port to rely solely on wireless charging. A project that did not succeed for obvious reasons: this technology does not yet allow you to recharge your phone quickly enough. However, that’s not all since the Cupertino firm should have provided an accessory for wireless charging and this cost would have increased the already salty note of the iPhone X.
It was Apple designer Jony Ive who suggested the idea of an iPhone X without a Lightning port but also… without physical buttons. Another abandoned idea since Apple’s last born has three. Of course, other firms are looking to move to all tactile, and it will probably take a little while – and many patents – to see such technology proposed one day. For the moment, many manufacturers are working on the famous fingerprint reader integrated into the screen.
The fact remains that the abandonment of the Lightning port could well be in Apple’s plans for the future. A better alternative for the firm than the one wanted by Europe. Also, for a good reason: rumors evoke the adoption of USB Type-C by Apple following the political constraints of universal standards.