Apple will be using the lightning port instead of USB-C in the new “iPhone 12,” although it is the last major series of Apple’s flagship phones before going port-less next year, with models set to combine wireless charging and a port-less Smart Connector system for data transfer and syncing in the iPhone “13 series” next year.
Shame the USB-c prototype iPhone 12’s arent making it to production. 1 more year of lightning ??
Oh well, at least smart connector on 13 series
— Fudge (@choco_bit) May 25, 2020
As per the twitter user “Fudge” (@choco_bit), who also last month leaked iPhone 12 images showing a revised rear camera array with LiDAR scanner, home screen widgets, and a smaller front notch.
The twitter user “Fudge” (@choco_bit) claims that Apple has tested iPhone mockups with USB-C ports, although these models “won’t be heading to production. Apple will stick with Lightning port charging for one more year before replacing it with Smart Connector.
However this news isn’t new news, there were other sources such as Apple designers, who are said to be aiming to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the new iPhone. Indeed, Apple could get rid of wired charging altogether, and also the new rumors indicate Apple will release an iPhone without a Lightning port in 2021.
As per Ming-Chi Kuo (Apple analyst) the high-end iPhone model coming in 2021 will be all wireless. Charging would be done wirelessly by charging accessories (Whether the 2021 iPhone would be Apple’s so-called “iPhone 13” series or an “S”-style revision of this year’s upcoming “iPhone 12” is unknown).
Smart Connector will complete the transition by the wireless system for iPhone, with data transfer and everyday charging occurring over induction and wireless, and the new Smart Connector will give access to attach accessories and cover restores with special adapters.
for clarification, smart connector thing on 13 series wont be the intended way to charge. Youll be expected to go wireless charging mainly. D6x series (iphone 13 series) hasnt really begun proper development yet so iphone magsafe more of a plan atm. Portless is coming either way
— Fudge (@choco_bit) May 26, 2020
Apple launched Smart Connector with its 2015 iPad Pro and updated it for the 2018 redesign. It has three pins providing grounding, power, and data. It’s not waterproof though, which is what Apple would need to work on to the iPhone on water resistance rating.
Apple will complete its process to an all-OLED iPhone series in 2020 with one new 5.4-inch(iPhone mini) device, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch handset. The biggest iPhone (6.7-inch iPhone) and 6.1-inch models are thought to be higher-end OLED devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 (iPhone mini) and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones series with dual-lens cameras with an affordable price tag.