2021 iPhone might signal the end for Lightning port

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At least one iPhone will lose Lightning in 2021, according to one report
At least one iPhone will lose Lightning in 2021, according to one report
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Apple will begin to phase out Lightning connectivity on iPhones beginning with a 2021 flagship that will “provide the completely wireless experience,” analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors today.

Kuo also said there will be five new iPhones in 2020, four of which will feature OLED screens.

The well-respected Apple analyst has sources deep in the supply chain that bring a high level of credibility to his detailed predictions. He is often right.

The four OLED iPhones, including two 6.7-inch models, one that is 6.1 inches and the smallest at 5.4 inches, will feature 5G connectivity, 9to5Mac reported on Kuo’s predictions. He said the variation in size is related to camera setups.

Kuo said the fifth iPhone will actually be first out the gate, a 4.7-inch, LCD iPhone SE 2 due out the first half of 2020.

He also said Apple will roll out an SE2 Plus in 2021 that will unlock with Touch ID.

Kuo said only one 2021 iPhone, the “highest-end model,” will be sans Lightning port, the proprietary charging connection first introduced by Apple in 2012 with the iPhone 5.

Kuo makes no mention of pricing. He joins other analysts who see Apple’s big shift to OLED in the coming year.

Source: 9to5Mac