22 June 2020
The rumors of Apple opting for a USB Type-C port on iPhones are not new and every time, we end up getting new iPhones with the proprietary Lightning connector. If you are one of those who were hoping that this year might be different, a new leak from tech tipster Fudge (@choco_bit) will surely leave you disappointed.
Fudge has tweeted that the upcoming iPhone 12 series will continue with Lightning connectors, a trend that started in 2012 with the launch of the iPhone 5. He mentions that Apple did try out iPhone 12 prototypes with USB Type-C ports but for some reason, none of them made it to the final production line.
However, Apple is claimed to offer Smart connectors with the iPhone lineup meant for next year. The change will be a part of Apple's ultimate goal of releasing a port-less iPhone with a seamless design. Fudge further makes it clear that the Smart connector will not be intended for charging purposes. It is said that users will be expected to rely on wireless charging as the primary method of charging the iPhone. Interestingly, a recent report mentioned Apple may not ship iPhone 12 with wired EarPods which could be a step towards no ports altogether in the future.
If the second part of the tweet is indeed true, it would mean that we might never see an iPhone featuring a USB Type-C port which has more or less become a universal cable standard. In fact, even recent iPad and MacBook models come with the port that was another reason for believing that we might get a USB Type-C iPhone.