Gurman: Apple Considered Removing Lightning Connector on iPhone X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As a side note in his report about technical challenges facing the AirPower, expected to be released by September, well-connected reporter Mark Gurman also noted that Apple considered removing wired charging from the iPhone X.


    From his Bloomberg News story:
    Just to be absolutely clear, Gurman confirmed to me that this would have included removing the Lightning connector from the device. In fact, his report notes that Apple designers eventually hope to "remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone," although this is likely multiple years away.

    A few years ago, it was reported that Apple's design chief Jony Ive's end goal is for the iPhone to resemble a "single sheet of glass," while Apple has repeatedly expressed its ambitions to "create a wireless future," so the eventual removal of the Lightning connector should perhaps come as no surprise.

    Apple is already well on its way towards that wireless future, with products and technologies ranging from AirPods and AirPower to its W1 and W2 wireless chips. Apple also made the controversial decision to remove the headphone jack from iPhone 7 models a few years ago, pushing users towards wireless earphones.

    Still, removing the Lightning connector would certainly be another controversial decision, given it is not only used for wired charging, but also for audio and data transfer, such as syncing an iPhone with iTunes on a Mac or PC.

    Removing the Lightning connector would also prevent an iPhone from directly connecting to a wide range of peripherals, including many adapters, docks, battery cases, power banks, keyboards, game controllers, audio cables, wired headphones, and other accessories authorized under Apple's MFi Program.

    In many cases, however, wireless alternatives would be available. It's possible to sync an iPhone with iTunes over Wi-Fi, for example, while wired headphone users can go wireless, Bluetooth-enabled game controllers are available, and upright-positioned wireless chargers can double as a docking station.

    There is even wireless CarPlay, although it is currently only available in a few vehicle models and aftermarket systems.

    Of course, there would be some friction with this transition, just like when Apple switched from its 30-pin dock connector to Lightning in 2012, and removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. In both of those cases, however, the controversy eventually died down as many users came to accept the new reality.

    It's also worth noting that Apple considers a lot of different ideas internally that might never materialize in a public-facing product.

    At this point, it appears like the Lightning connector on iPhones should live on for at least a few years. Rumors suggest Apple will bundle a faster 18W charger with a USB-C port with iPhones released in 2018, which would connect to the devices with a Lightning to USB-C cable included in the box.

    Article Link: Gurman: Apple Considered Removing Lightning Connector on iPhone X
  2. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    That's great and all, but how are you going to charge the phone in your car? Or at the airport? This is a design edict disconnected from the real world. Time to leave the glass bubble, Jonny.
  3. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
  4. friednoodles Suspended

    Feb 4, 2014
    Given how many people I see with portable battery packs plugged into their phones while out and about, if you thought removing the 3.5mm audio jack was taken badly, you ain't seen nothing yet...
  5. kklaus macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2010
    If they replace it with USB-C, I like it! But no connector at all sounds a bit extreme...
  6. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    It kind of wasn’t taken badly, at least in reality of sales.

    People yell and scream, but later realize they don’t care and would rather have an iPhone.

    Then Android phones were like, yeah... let’s remove it too. Pixel...
  7. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Thank god they didn’t do that, I still like restoring as new through itunes
  8. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    As someone that usually has no issues with the changes Apple makes... This is one thing I do not want to see anytime soon.
  9. napabar, Jun 21, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 21, 2018

    napabar macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    USB-C is not coming. The lightning port will go away soon. All of you people need to get over this. It's coming.
  10. eeboarder macrumors member


    Jul 29, 2005
    I'm still upset about them removing the 3.5mm audio jack.

    Quit making things difficult for the consumer!
  11. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2014
    New York City
    Imagine what the cost of the iPhone would be if Apple included a wireless charger and wireless headphones.
  12. wyarp macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    So.... you'd have to carry around a cumbersome 'wireless' charging dock with you everywhere you went? o_O

    In 'the future' when wireless docks are built into every desk, coffee shop table, trains, workplace etc then that would be fine. In the meantime such a move would totally kill the iPhone for obvious reasons.
  13. JilzVT macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Long term this makes sense (10+ years). Don't see it happening any time soon.
  14. amaze1499 macrumors regular


    Oct 16, 2014
    Wireless connections for syncing are fast enough. Wireless charging works like charm. Wireless headphones well... Get rid of the port once for all.
  15. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
  16. Adithya007 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
  17. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Great, now they’ll have room to add the 3.5mm headphone jack back!
  18. Agit21 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2016
    And how exactly am I supposed to charge and use my phone?
    We don’t need the 3,5 mm headphone jack but the lightning connecter is still very much needed.
  19. klch macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2013
  20. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    For better or worse, Apple made a bold statement that expressed commitment to USB-C by eliminating all the data ports on the MacBook Pro and MacBook line and only included USB-C. If Apple leaves the Lightning port instead of replacing it with USB-C on the 2018 iPhone, it will clearly prove how inconsistent, clueless, mediocre, and useless Tim Cook is.
  21. Danoc, Jun 21, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  22. obitow macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2012
    Juiz de Fora, Brazil
    It's obvious they (and the entire industry) are heading in that direction. Happy to see they realized we're not there yet.
  23. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    So all our brand new cars that still have wired CarPlay will be obsolete? They sure as hell better provide an adapter for that!
  24. Takeo macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2004
    So if you’re travelling (airports and such) instead of just taking a cord with you and a tiny adapter the size of your thumb... you’d have to cart around a gigantic (relatively) and slow wireless charging pad.

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