Apple’s future iPhone could be completely cordless

New leaked documents suggest that Apple could be taking the iPhone in a new, completely cordless direction as early as 2021. The lightning port will be swapped out in favour of wireless charging.

iPhone 11
The iPhone 11 came with three rear cameras, but future iPhones may come without charging ports. Photo: Tatsuo Yamashita via Flickr

Recent reports from a number of tech news outlets suggest we could have a new, completely cordless iPhone within the next couple of years.

The information originated from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities who gathers insider knowledge from contacts within Apple’s supply chain in Asia.

Last week he released an investor note, outlining the future vision for Apple’s new iPhones in 2020 and 2021.

The 2020 iPhone range

Firstly, Kuo reports that the 2020 iPhone range will feature four different models in three different sizes.

The autumn 2020 release will feature a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models and a 6.7-inch model. All four models of the ‘iPhone 12’ will come with OLED displays and 5G connectivity, but will be differentiated by their camera offering.

In addition to the four models in the standard iPhone range, Kuo also says that Apple will be releasing a new iPhone SE, following in the footsteps of the 2016 original.

The iPhone SE 2 should be coming in the first half of 2020 and, as the budget option, it will feature an LCD screen.

An iPhone SE
The original iPhone SE was released back in 2016. Photo: SimonWaldherr via Wikimedia Commons

The 2021 iPhone range

As reported by Business Insider, the real interesting developments will begin in 2021.

Alongside the iPhone SE, 2016 was also the year Apple first removed the headphone jack from one of its phones.

Back then, Apple cited ‘courage’ as the reason for its decision. Realistically, the headphone jack was probably removed as a way to differentiate the new iPhone from previous models, and perhaps even to clear a bit of room for the arrival of AirPods.

Rumours suggest that Apple will release the first iPhone without a lightning port in 2021. As Kuo says, this would give users the “completely wireless experience”.

But it seems the completely wireless experience won’t be coming to the entire iPhone range at once. Instead Apple will likely get rid of the lightning port on just the most expensive iPhone model to begin with.

It will be interesting to see how Apple manages to make wireless charging a practical alternative to the lightning port, given that wireless charging is considerably slower and less practical when it comes to charging a phone on the move.

Another iPhone SE

According to Kuo, Apple will be releasing the iPhone SE 2 some time soon in 2020.

But it also looks like there will be another iPhone SE coming out in 2021. This model will reportedly be called the ‘iPhone SE 2 Plus’ and it will get either a 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch screen.

The iPhone SE 2 Plus will do away with another long standing feature found on the original SE. It will keep the lightning port but get rid of the home button in favour of an all-screen face.

In conclusion, the details of new iPhones for 2020 and 2021 are just rumours at the moment. But Ming-Chi Kuo is a trustworthy source when it comes to Apple.

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