Apple is known worldwide as one of the most innovative top tier technology brands. Every year the company upgrades itself and its line-up of personal devices, a collection which seems to grow annually as well. Whether it be removing the home button from the coveted iPhones, creating a 16 inch screen for their Macbook Pro line, or creating a mini version of the iPad, Apple has never been one to hold back from an upgrade, no matter how tiny, and no matter the controversy amongst buyers. Now, after seven years of lightning cable charging, Apple may be getting rid of the port in its entirety on their mobile devices.
The report comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, a top Apple analyst who stated that the company is looking to get rid of the charging cable and port on all of its premium iPhones by 2021. Instead, Apple will convert all of their phones to wireless charging. Any iPhone above, and including, the 8 model already has wireless charging capabilities; however, they also all still contain the lightning cable port for standard charging practices. Now, it seems as though the company is ready to keep moving into the direction of “what’s next” in terms of technology trends.
Apple has long been known to set the standard for the tech world in regards to what consumers want to see and use. They set a standard with their sleek and modern Airpods, and they weren’t even the first brand to come out with wireless earbuds. Additionally, they were one of the first to come out with a phone that you unlock with your fingerprint, setting a precedent for other mobile phones that you open with some sort of personal body scan such as the face, fingers, eyes, etc. They also were one of the first companies in general to create, mass produce and distribute tablet devices with their now iconic line of iPads. With all of these examples and more, Apple didn’t have to be the first to come up with the concept, but they memorialized themselves as pioneers for nearly every technology trend since its creation.
This would also not be the first time Apple has removed some sort of input technology from its devices to most consumers dismay. A few years back the company removed all CD drives from its Macbook line, as well as standard USB ports and other input ports, to the point that now the standard Macbooks just have a port for their charger and headphones. The removal of these ports may seem like it’s to make the devices more sleek, modern, and easy to use, but the reality is it can make consumers lives’ a lot more difficult depending on what they plan on using the devices for and what additional attachments they need to buy to accommodate those plans.
The significant changes, however, are what arguably keep Apple relevant and in the spotlight in regards to trailblazing technological trends. While the upgrades may not always be what the public thinks they want, they keep the company heavily involved in the conversation, and the sales speak for themselves, especially when it comes to iPhones. The iPhone is Apple’s biggest source of revenue, but sales have seemed to decline within the past few quarters. That being said it makes sense that the company would want to give its most beloved product a headline-worthy upgrade.
Kuo’s report also “estimates that Apple will release five new iPhone models next year. [He] predicts the company will release a 4.7-inch model in the first half of the year and four 5G-enabled versions — 5.4 and 6.1 inch lower end models and 6.1 and 6.7 higher end models — in the second half of the year. [His] predictions for release in the second half of 2020 echo those in a report from JP Morgan analysts released earlier last week,” (CNN).
The lightning cable was originally introduced in 2012, after Apple got rid of its then-standard 30-pin charging system. That transition shook up a lot of tech consumers when the decision was initially made, but they eventually came around, as they always do. Only time will tell how valid and to what extent this predictions and reports hold up, but if there’s one thing we all can agree upon, it’s that we all will be talking about when the time does come.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at email@example.com.