Apple is making major changes to its iPhone 12 range, but now we know the company is working on something much bigger.
The news comes from Front Page Tech’s Jon Prosser, the standout Apple leaker of 2020 with a near-perfect track record. Prosser explains that Apple will remove the Lightning port from the iPhone in 2021 with its first “portless iPhone coming next year”.
Prosser states that it will be just one model, a new flagship halo device – much like the original iPhone X, which stood out from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that were announced alongside it. Given the 2021 iPhone would be four generations on from the iPhone X, it also makes sense that Apple would look to deliver an all-new headline-grabbing design.
Furthermore, with in-display fingerprint readers maturing and under-display cameras coming to market, Apple could really make a bold statement (the evidence is certainly mounting). A portless iPhone would also likely be more durable as it should have even higher water and dust resistance ratings.
Of course, not everyone will want a portless iPhone. First, Apple’s wireless charging speeds currently lag a long way behind the competition, so the company needs to significantly up its game here. Second, it will kill the hopes of those wishing Apple would adopt USB-C, the universal charging standard used by every other smartphone maker along with Apple’s own MacBooks. But Prosser is blunt here: “Never USB-C”, he states.
So should you wait for this big 2021 iPhone redesign? If you have an iPhone 11 or iPhone XS model, I think so. That said, Apple is bringing a lot to the table this year with new phone sizes, 5G across the range, a potentially groundbreaking new chipset, upgraded cameras alongside the company’s new LiDAR sensor and – most importantly – a price point that is set to undercut the competition.
So yes, 2021 sound radical but Apple’s 2020 iPhone plans are exciting as well. For iPhone fans, it’s going to be a tough decision to make.