Hypothetical situation: would you buy the next iPhone if it got rid of...

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Would you buy iPhone without charging port?

  1. HELL YES: less holes, less headache

  2. HELL NO: who doesn't want more holes

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  1. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    It's very likely that Apple's next feature on the chopping block is the charging port.

    With the advent of wireless charging, obviously it's not needed anymore.

    I'd rather have a serious waterproofness than an extra hole.

    Would you buy such an iPhone, or would you switch to Galaxy S10 or whatever?
     
  2. Bmore Suspended

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    I highly doubt it will lose the charging port as that acts to charge and to use headphones

    Wireless charging can't be and won't be the only option.
     
  3. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601

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    wired headphones are going away

    AirPods are the future
     
  4. Bmore Suspended

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    Not for the next iPhone
     
  5. KrisLord macrumors 65832

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    Wireless charging is 7.5w maximum vs 29w via the USB C adapter so I think we’re a good few years away from the lightning port going.

    I don’t think headphones are likely to prevent its removal as wireless is sufficient there - there’s also the question about how you manage software failures if you can’t connect to iTunes via USB.
     
  6. Dirtydutch macrumors 6502a

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    It’s not just for audio it’s also for restores and other maintenance and troubleshooting that is necessary. It’ll probably be a while before they got rid of it
     
  7. AlphaGuitarist macrumors 6502a

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    How would it you charge it while driving/flying/out and about?
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Hell no.
    I dont care about a higher water resisting rate for my smartphone. I dont go swimming with it.
    I would have to purchase 4-5 wireless pads and a few car pads.
    And then take extra long to charge since wireless tech is not up to speed yet. And I dont like my phone to be heating up like a toaster.
    I like to use fast ipad chargers.
     
  9. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601

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    what do you mean how? wirelessly
     
  10. geemiller05 macrumors 6502

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    I don’t think this is farcetched, but I definitely don’t see it happening in the near future (next 2-3 years). That would mean Apple would have to provide us with a wireless charger. Since they’re so focused on the AirPower Pad right now, I don’t see them including a $200 (I think) charging pad with every purchase.
     
  11. SomeGuy2112 macrumors regular

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    Since its hypothetical, I'd say yes lets get rid of it. In that same hypothetical world there is 29w proximity wireless charging and proximity charging power banks as well. :)
     
  12. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601

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    Such troubleshootings would be performed the same way they are performed on Apple Watch, which has zero ports.
     
  13. AlphaGuitarist macrumors 6502a

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    Unless Apple will also provide magnetic charging cables (it'll have to be a stronger magnet than the one in the Apple Watch charging cable), I don't really see how that would be feasible. When I travel, I usually carry an external battery pack with me, as taking pictures/videos and using the GPS tends to eat through the battery rather quickly. Wireless charging would render the battery pack useless, unless Apple or 3rd party vendors start releasing wireless battery packs.

    This creates a new problem. Unless proximity charging is ready for prime time, there is no way going completely wireless will succeed.
     
  14. ckurt25 macrumors 6502a

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    All the airlines, every plane is going to add wireless charging to every seat? They don't have USB ports for charging on every seat on every plane today.
     
  15. Goldfrapp thread starter macrumors 601

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    That's why I'm talking about the future, around year 2100
     
  16. SomeGuy2112 macrumors regular

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    Cell phones will go the way of the dinosaur WELL before that.

     
  17. Droidbricker Suspended

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    ITT “people” who are OK with Apple getting rid of part of the screen but not OK with them getting get rid of a charging port on a phone that recharges wirelessly.
     
  18. SomeGuy2112 macrumors regular

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    They didn't "get rid of" part of the screen. They just didn't "add" as much screen as some people may have hoped for. ;)

     
  19. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

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    Nope. It's lost the headphone jack, and I don't like it but I'll live with it. It (the X) has lost the home button and TouchID, and I don't like it but I'll live with it. This would be one sacrifice too many.
     
  20. vasim macrumors member

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    How they will solve the connect and develop through Xcode and deploy without a port? remotely?
     
  21. brianric macrumors regular

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    I will have been pushing daises for 60 to 70 years.
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    Kind of hard doing it in my car when using Google Maps, or for that matter making a call in my 2016 Honda Civic with Car Play unless I'm plugged in. Backing up and restoring from iTunes using wireless would take too long.
     
  22. Droidbricker Suspended

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    They do make car phone mounts with wireless charging built in.
     
  23. bufffilm Suspended

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    Wired headphones are what I use.

    Not having the ability to plug in would rule out that phone for me.

    Airpods are not in my future.
     
  24. Atomic Walrus macrumors 6502a

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    The port has a lot of utility at the manufacturing and repair/refurbishment level, I would imagine. A device that can only be interfaced with over wireless may not be able to be repaired if something goes wrong at the OS/firmware level. Even the Apple Watch, which is never intended to be physically connected to by the end-user, technically does have a data port (it's hidden where the bands attach) which I assume is used at the factory, by techs repairing them, and so on.

    In other words I believe that removing the only io port on the device would be more of an inconvenience for Apple than it would be for the average user.
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yeah, sure they will.
    By 2080:D

     

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