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Apple to close all ports

by on22 June 2018

Because getting rid of the headphone jack was so popular

Apple thinks that giving its users less for the same or more money is a winning strategy.  Getting rid of the headphone jack meant that users had to spend cash on expensive wireless earbuds and now it wants to kill off all ports.

The dark satanic rumour mill has long suggested that Apple would remove the Lightning port in favour of USB-C, but now sources have told Bloomberg that Apple's goal may be to remove all ports entirely.

Bloomberg's report is about the challenges that Apple faces with its AirPower wireless charger, but it also shares some details about Apple's vision for a wireless future. It claims that Apple designers eventually hope to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including the charger.

During the development of the iPhone X, Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely. That wasn't feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods. Including a wireless charger with new iPhones would also significantly raise the price of the phones.

Apple boffins have been trying to fix all this. Its big problem is that the charger overheats. The other issue is that the circuitry is too complex. That said, Bloomberg is confident that Apple will have the charging pad sorted out by the end of the year.  Then it will kill off all the ports to the phone and make it entirely wireless. 


Last modified on 22 June 2018
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