According to Jon Prosser, Apple plans to take out the USB port in the 2021 iPhone. Jon Prosser is a popular YouTube Presenter, and he’s the guy who predicted the iPhone SE.
From the iPhone X series, the company effectively did away with the earphone jack, and so, it’s not hard for Apple fans to believe this spoiler. An iPhone with zero ports is coming next year.
Contrary to what you may think, this device is probably not the iPhone 12, as this device will be launched this autumn. The iPhone 12 also has some exciting features and specs, and it will be the first iPhone with 5G connectivity.
So which iPhone will be entirely portless? This would most likely be the iPhone 13. The loss of the USB port is a drastic change, but I feel like it’s one that has been coming for a long time.
When the iPhone X was released without an audio jack, many users expressed their displeasure, especially when Apple began to sell USB adapters (talk about creating a problem and selling the solution). However, with time, it’s safe to say that we’ve all got used to it.
Right now, the primary uses of the endangered port are for charging the iPhone and interfacing with a computer. Wireless chargers solve the problem of charging, although it has some limitations. But trust Apple to have a plan.
We currently connect our iPhones to Windows and Mac computers using the lightning cable. However, with the cables gone, iPhone users will realize the less-used connection method, which is via Wi-Fi. Syncing your iPhone to iTunes, for instance with Wi-Fi is less clumsy and makes you break free from those cables.
When I first saw Jon Presser’s tweet, I thought the ports are being taken out for better water resistance. But then, the iPhone 11 Pro is IP 68 and can function for up to 30 whole minutes underwater at a depth of 4 meters. As a matter of fact, the iPhone 11 Pro’s IP rating is the highest for a consumer product.
Does Apple want to improve on the water resistance? Many fans would hope that the extra space is used to fit in a bigger memory or battery. On the other hand, the main downside to the portless design of the iPhone 13 is that you lose the USB fast charging.
Users will discover these benefits and more with the advent of the portless iPhones. When Apple first announces the iPhone with no ports, I predict that it would be greeted with displeasure, but we’ll grow into it and wonder how we were coping with wired charging in the first place.