Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in his latest research note has stated that Apple’s 2021 flagship iPhone will reportedly kill off the Lightning port. The brand which has done away with the headphone jack from its phones, could soon solely rely on wireless means of charging as well as data transfer. Furthermore, Kuo in his note has also claimed that this move will increase shipments and the average selling price of the high-end iPhone models.
As of now, all Apple phones starting from iPhone 5, which was released in 2013, to the latest iPhone 11 models feature Apple’s patented Lightning port.
The removal of the Lightning cable, along with other differentiating updates, will boost shipments and the average selling price of the high-end iPhone models, Kuo, a top Apple analyst, wrote. Without the connector, the top-tier iPhone would provide a “completely wireless experience,” Kuo said.
Speculation has been building for several years that Apple plans to remove the Lightning cable. As far back as 2017, Kuo predicted that Apple would discard the Lightning connector in favor of the USB Type-C connector, which is widely used across the industry.
However, Apple has continued to include Lightning ports in the latest iPhone models. Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models, which were announced in September, all have Lightning ports.
Kuo also predicted that Apple will also launch a possible ‘iPhone SE 2 Plus’ with a full-screen design, no Face ID, small notch, and Touch ID enabled power button. It will have a 4.7-inch LCD display and a form factor nearly identical to the iPhone 8.
He has further claimed that the brand is planning to come up with four OLED iPhones. All four of them will support 5G. Apparently, there will be a high-end triple-camera model and the same will be available in two sizes: a 6.1-inch model and a 6.7-inch model stated the report. However, a lower-end dual-camera model is also expected in two sizes 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch.