Report: 2021 iPhone won’t feature a Lightning connector port

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Last week, The Burn-In detailed some of the changes Apple will reportedly make to its flagship mobile device in 2021. Now, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has offered new technical specifications regarding the forthcoming iPhone. The industry expert’s research indicates the Big Tech firm will discontinue using the Lightning connector with that year’s handsets.

Kuo also offered up some less drastic updates regarding Apple’s 2020 iPhone release plans.

Goodbye Lightning Port

Apple first introduced its 8-pin Lightning cables with the fourth-generation iPad in 2012. Since then, all of the company’s portable electronics have used that proprietary computer bus and power connector. The firm made the component update for three reasons. It disliked the standard micro USB connector,  wanted to set the standard for third-party peripherals, and has enjoyed the licensing revenue it derived from the off-band 30-pin connector manufacturers.

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Nevertheless, the conglomerate has recently shown interest in moving away from its seven-year-old mobile device connection system. In 2018, Apple launched the third-generation iPad Pro with USB-C ports. However, the firm reportedly won’t be transitioning its next generation of iPhones over to the popular physical data transfer/charging system.

It’s also worth noting Apple has been moving toward a seamless design for its flagship smartphone for some time. It discontinued the use of headphone jacks in its handsets with the iPhone 7.

According to Kuo, the firm’s higher-end 2021 iPhones will sync data and charge wirelessly. However, Apple will still include Lightning connectors on the less expensive handsets it unveils that year. The analyst also noted the corporation plans on selling a deluxe second iteration of the iPhone SE two years from now.

Consequently, Apple will reportedly release five distinct versions of its flagship mobile device upon its 14th anniversary.

More 2020 iPhone Specs

In addition to his 2021 iPhones scoops, Kuo also posted data regarding the iPhone 11 replacements. The researcher confirmed earlier reports that the company will roll out 5.4, 6.1, 6.7-inch handsets next year. He also echoed previous analyst findings that the devices will feature multiple camera sensors and OLED displays. However, the industry watch also noted the 2020 5G iPhones would have a similar form factor to the iPhone 4.

Kuo also reported Apple would release a second-generation iPhone SE. The device will feature a 4.7 inch LCD screen and an iPhone 8 style form factor.

Furthermore, MacRumors stated last week that the 2020 iPhones would feature redesigned battery protection modules made by South Korean firm ITM Semiconductor. The next-generation device component will reportedly be 50 percent smaller and slimmer than the current iteration. As such, the conglomerate could insert batteries with larger capacity into its smartphones.

Apple has also taken steps to improve the device security of its flagship handset.

On December 3, Qualcomm revealed it developed a new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The chipmaker noted because it’s 17 times bigger than the old model, it can capture much more accurate user biometric data. Moreover, the corporation stated the fingerprint reader would be equipped in either the 2020 or 2021 series of iPhones.

With its greatly improved camera, heightened user protection, and fifth-generation networking capability, the next iPhone should do well amongst novelty-loving consumers.



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