Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TD Securities, has predicted that American technology company Apple will ditch the lighting port on the highest-end iPhone model by 2021. According to Kuo, leaving behind the lighting port in iPhones will create a completely wireless experience, reports CNBC on December 5, 2019.
Analyst Predicts Apple's Removal of Lighting Port in an iPhone
Per the report, Ming-Chi Kuo is of the opinion that Apple may advance from the lighting port that is notable in its range of smartphones. In this case, the technology company may launch its highest-end iPhone in 2021 without a lighting port, but opt for wireless charging instead.
According to Kuo, Apple's discontinued use of lighting port on its year's iPhones will bring about a completely wireless experience. Also, the upgrade may help to increase sales significantly and hike the average price of the high-end iPhone models.
Past Prediction About Apple's Adoption of USB Type-C Connector
On the other hand, it is worth noting that this is not the first time news about Kuo's prediction about Apple's change in its charging technology has made waves. In 2017, The Wall Street Journal claimed that the analyst had opined that the lighting connector would be ditched on the iPhone 8 for USB Type-C connector.
However, Kuo refuted the claim and said Apple is not likely to discard the Lightning connector on its iPhone for the USB Type-C connector. He further remarked that the iPhone 8 would be designed with a Type-C Power Delivery technology that will make for faster charging. Nonetheless, Kuo affirmed that if Apple made a move and switched to Type-C connector, it could aid in the faster transfer of HD videos.
Kuo's prediction alongside many others did not come to fruition since Apple has still been bent on using a lighting port on its range of devices. The Phone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all have lighting ports. Despite this, there are certain Apple products like the 2018 iPad Pro that features a USB Type C port instead of the standard connector.
About Apple's Lighting Port
Apple's lightning port enables mobile devices to be charged while connected to a power outlet or USB port of a computer. Also, the lighting cable allows the send or receive of files to/from other devices. The lighting port was first launched in 2012 on the iPhone 5 and later on the iPad 4. This lighting connector is, reportedly, 80% smaller than the 30-pin connector that was used on previous Apple products.
Accordingly, the iPhones that came with Apple's lightning port include the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone SE. The same was the case with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X iPhone XS and XR, and now the iPhone 11 models.
On the same note, the iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini, and iPad Mini 2 all have lighting connectors. The iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4 iPad (2017) 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch. and iPad Pro 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017) also features the same charging technology.
More Predictions About Apple's New iPhones for 2020 and 2021
Asides from forecasting the charging technology of 2021's iPhone, Kuo has predicted the iPhone models for 2020. According to the analyst, there could be five iPhone models. These variants will be a 6.7-inch high-end iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones, and an entry-level 5.4-inch iPhone.
What's more, Kuo believes the iPhone SE 2 will be launched in the first half of 2020. It may feature a 4.7-inch display and be a replica to the iPhone 8 in terms of design. Kuo also took it one step further to outline that in 2021, we may also have an iPhone SE 2 Plus which may have a 5.5 or 6.1-inch display
J.P. Morgan Predicts Apple's Change in Launching Strategy
J.P. Morgan analysts have also predicted that Apple may change its strategy in 2021, by not launching iPhones only twice a year. According to analysts:
"The shift in strategy would allow Apple to smooth its traditional seasonality and give the company increased flexibility to change its products within a six-month time frame and compete with other device makers that launch new phones throughout the year."