Could The Future iPhone Lose The Lightning Port?

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  1. arftech99 macrumors regular

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    They already got rid of the 3.5 jack, if they go wireless charging they could eliminate the lightning port all together and force everyone to buy $159 airpods that they could lose within a week (cha ching)......... just sayin.
     
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    You do know there are other Bluetooth headphones out there
     
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    Correct, there are other options out there, I was just using that as an example. Besides, you'd have to spend a pretty penny for something decent sounding coming out of a BT set (for now at least)
     
  5. arftech99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Also we must put into the equation that a wireless iPhone introduces wireless charging. How could it be different from the Samsung wireless solution? From what I understand, it's somewhat clunky. Is that true?

    Many folks like me use iPhones as the front end for Hi-Resolution music and depend on some type of physical connection for headphones and DAC/Amps.

    I'm all for wireless solutions but the technology needs further improving especially for those who enjoy high quality music. Count me in as curious in how Apple plans to address this if they decide to address it at all.
     
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    I think it will be a while before the iPhone loses ALL types of physical connections. It's like expecting the whole world to buy electric cars by next years. The infrastructure just isn't there yet.
     
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    Apple is going to implement wireless charging that will charge the phone when he phone is within 50ft of the pad. Mich better then having to put the phone on a pad and hope that it's placed correctly.
     
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    eventually we will have wifi charging. Basically if you are connected to a wifi network, your phone will be charging.
     
  10. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    Please don't take offense to this, but in the grand scheme of things, you're part of a relatively small audience as a true audiophile. If Apple can sell more phones at higher prices via better waterproofing, wireless charging, more space for battery, etc. without the port, then they won't think twice.

    Not saying they won't come up with a wireless hi-res solution for you, though it may not measure up to whatever external DAC you currently use.
     
  11. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    I just watched the AirPods introductory video on Apple's website last night. They make several comments about how Apple sees wireless as the future and how they've been working on wireless solutions for some time. I do think this means they are pushing in that direction in all respects, and their recent products certainly demonstrate that. Beyond the iPhone, the Macs keep coming out with less and less ports, but this is offset by significant improvements in inter-device communication features like Handoff and iCloud.

    At some point Apple will release a wireless charging solution. I expect it will be very different from the charging pads we see today. It may take several more years to refine what they are working on before that happens. Lightning will probably still be an option for a few years beyond that, then we might see it disappear. But for that to happen, Bluetooth needs to take a few more big steps forward, and Apple's W1 chip seems to be the beginnings of that.

    It's hard for me to say whether I'll be ok with it when Lightning goes away. It all depends on what solutions replace it, and how great they work.
     
  12. arftech99 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No offense taken. Hopefully, Apple will take care of us audiophiles too. :)
     
  13. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    Thank you! And I hope so too - I've shed some of my audiophileness but I've been through B&W Matrix, Theils, Krell, Pass Labs, Theta, etc. :)
     
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    If only Apple would develop "find my airpods" app... :D
     
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    If Android hasn't done it yet, there is no way Apple will with how heavily they still utilize iTunes to manage things on your iPhone. I bet 95% of Android users never even connect their phone to their computer besides to charge, opposed to Apple where it's almost a requirement that you have iTunes installed and plug it in at least every now and then.
     
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    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apples-strategy-to-eliminate-ports-iphone-7-and-on.1996494/

    I reffer you to my Article which was likely ripped off by said journalists combing the forums for ideas.

    Anyways they Already Eliminated the 3.5mm Jack But can't provide superior audio going through the dongle diminishes quality. So its not like they are using logic or "need" as validation.

    That Being said read my Post its much more detailed.
     
  17. wwohl macrumors regular

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    No. not going to ditch Lightning. That's a big revenue stream for Apple. Wireless charging isn't even close to ready for Apple to implement and they're not gonna turn away from the royalties from Lightning sales
     
  18. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    I imagine it will happen in the not too distant future. Judging from the replies on her about the 3.5mm people want to eliminate cords.
     
  19. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    I am sorry, once you decided to listen with a mobile device, you are automatically off the audiophile club.
     
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    Not true. It's rare that I listen via just the phone itself as I use a dedicated portable DAC/Amp that does all of the heavy lifting and number crunching. The phone is just used as a transport where my audio files reside.
     
  22. rkuo macrumors 6502a

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    No, not for a very long time. The lightning connector enables all kinds of accessories, adapters, and is simply much more efficient at charging the phone quickly. Wireless charging pads are bulky and incompatible. They are decent if you have fixed charging stations at home and work, but to use battery packs or charge in other locations, you want a cable.
     
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    Nah, brah.... it'll be like "oxygen charging". Basically, if you're breathing; your phone will be charging.
    Btw, did your mom ever buy more Hot Pockets?? I got the munchies soooooooooooo bad.
     
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    they could go to something like the smart connector on the ipad pro
     
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    With demand volume should follow with more affordable units. Better efficiencies with component costs go hand in hand with more sales.
     

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