Apple has plans for its 2021 iPhones to charge wirelessly

Apple intends to dispense with the charging plug in its iPhones for its 2021 lineup. They will no longer include a Lightning connector reports Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities, which is a financial services group in the Asia-Pacific region. Ming-Chi Kuo has been called the ‘most accurate Apple analyst in the world’ by Business Insider.

Kuo says Apple’s intentions are to remove the Lightning connector or charging plug from only the high-end versions of its iPhones in 2021 which means that the devices will be able to charge wirelessly according to Kuo’s report published on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

For Apple’s high-end iPhones for 2021, the ditching of the charging plug/Lightning cable connector as well as other differentiating updates means a boost in shipments and in its average selling price, Kuo reported. The top-tiered iPhones will give owners a completely wireless experience without the charging connector, he wrote in a note to clients.

CNBC says that for many years there has been increasing speculations that Apple would remove the charging connector cable plug in favor of other charging technology. Going as far back as 2017, Kuo predicted that Apple would switch to a USB Type-C connector which is a connector widely used within the smartphone industry.

But Apple continued to use the Lightning connector charge plugs even in its latest iPhone models. All of Apple’s new iPhones which were announced in September, have Lightning connector ports in them: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

However, Apple has started to use the USB-C connector in some its products as predicted by Kuo. Apple’s new iPhones support Apple’s fast charger and promises to provide up to a 50% charge within 30 minutes. The charger which uses the USB-C connector does require iPhone owners to purchase a special cable that can go from the Lightening connector to a USB-C port.

According to USA Today, Apple “killed” headphone jacks in 2016, then Touch ID fingerprint scanning disappeared in 2017 with the iPhone X. With the dismissal of the Lightning charger port, it will make the 2021high-end iPhones more water-resistant and bring iPhones one step closer to looking like a flat sheet of glass. 

Over the years the iPhones have become thinner and sleeker as Apple got rid of its wide, 30-pin dock charger in 2012 and other smartphone features like headphone jacks in its iPhone 7 and later models and also replacing its original home button as well as the fingerprint scanner.