For that reason, instead of a USB-C iPhone, Kuo recommends that Apple may leap directly to a long-rumored portless iPhone that relies solely on cordless charging– and specifically, Apples MagSafe technology– to charge. MagSafe, in particular, would supply a cool option to both of the concerns Kuo raises: by getting rid of ports, MagSafe would be even more water resistant than even Lightning, and Apple still controls the MagSafe requirement through its MFi program, ensuring itll be able to continue to gain the rewards of licensing charges.
Kuo also keeps in mind that Apple doesnt believe MagSafes environment has actually reached the point where it can be relied on as the sole charging technique for the iPhone. Rather, he predicts that Apple will continue to utilize its Lightning port “for the foreseeable future.”
Kuos report also shoots down another consistent report for future iPhones: the concept that Apple may introduce a Touch ID sensing unit in the power button, similar to the one it used on in 2015s iPad Air refresh. According to Kuo, theres no timeframe for Apple to include that upgrade either. An earlier report from Bloomberg, nevertheless, notes that Apple is checking a Touch ID scanner incorporated directly into the display for this years iPhone lineup, although whether it in fact makes the cut stays to be seen.
The entire report from Kuo contains far more details on Apples future iPhone lineup, including a smaller sized notch and faster refresh rates for this years iPhones, rumors of a hole-punch electronic camera in 2022, and a prospective eight-inch collapsible iPhone that might release as early as 2023.
The imagine a USB-C iPhone may be dead, according to the most recent research note from Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo. The company apparently has no plans to adopt USB-C on future iPhone devices or integrate a Touch ID sensor into the power button (two technologies that exist on Apples iPad hardware, like the 2020 iPad Air).
The report, acquired by AppleInsider, describes the reasoning behind Apples decision: “We think that USB-C is detrimental to the MFi services success, and its water resistant specification is lower than Lightning and MagSafe,” according to Kuo.