5 proofs that Apple will design the iPhone 15 without ports
Not only is there no USB-C port, there is a high chance that the iPhone 15 series will have a portless design!
Now, the whole tech world has seen the seriousness of the European Union when it comes to requiring mobile devices to use USB-C ports in the fall of 2024. Android phone makers, of course, will not be affected much by the new law because many mid-range Android phones already use USB-C, except for iPhones and AirPods headphones.
This year, the iPhone 14 "family" still charges via the Lightning port. According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in May, he expects the iPhone 15 Series to switch to USB-C. But the most recent evidence suggests that Apple is going in a completely different direction.
Here are the reasons why technology believers believe that the iPhone 15 Series will have a portless design instead of the USB-C port required by the EU.
1. AirPods Pro 2 headphones still use the Lightning port
Apple's refusal to provide a USB-C charging port for AirPods Pro 2022 is the biggest hint that Tim Cook & company are planning a future without USB-C on AirPods and iPhones - the only two products. Apple's does not support USB-C charging.
If Apple is going to give the iPhone 15 a USB-C port, why doesn't the company include this connection for AirPods Pro 2 now? Normally, the company will release new AirPods Pro headphones every three years, the next generation of AirPods Pro will be released in 2025, a year after the EU USB-C regulation comes into effect.
Therefore, it is highly likely that "Apple Defect" has another solution instead of using a USB-C port for wireless headphones.
2. Apple removed the SIM card tray from the iPhone 14, ready to remove the charging port?
After removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, Apple did the same thing with the SIM card tray on the iPhone 14 series (at least in the US).
Apple's decision to remove the SIM tray on the iPhone 14 has been met with mixed reactions from iPhone users in the US. The company did not hesitate to remove the SIM card tray from the iPhone 14, and it is completely capable of removing the charging port.
3. iPhone 14 does not achieve faster charging speed
Not long before Apple's "Far Out" event, some rumors said the company would increase the charging speed for the new iPhone 14 series. Rumors were wrong. But more importantly, Tim Cook & company have continued to prove that entering the fast charging race is not one of Apple's priorities.
Faster charging and faster data transfers are one of the key benefits of USB-C, but Apple doesn't consider them the "key" to the user experience on old and new iPhones. So fans of fast charging will have to wait until the company can invent its own version of the technology.
4. Apple won't play by the rules
Undeniably, Apple has always appeared as a company with its own terms and conditions. The iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island is just another reminder that Apple is stubborn and won't adhere to any industry standards.
The majority of the public thinks that the iPhone is moving towards an "all-screen" future, Apple can completely remove Face ID and move the fingerprint scanner to the bottom of the screen.
But not! The "Apple House" has a clear vision of the future with Face ID on the iPhone. The status of the Lightning - USB-C port is not too different. This is a vision of a portless design!
5. USB-C won't be as profitable as MagSafe
Apple is one of the very successful businesses. The company does not hesitate to charge high prices for its products and always leads in terms of profit share in the smartphone segment!
So the Cupertino-based company can "pocket" more money when using Lightning and MagSafe connectors/accessories.
How will iPhone 15 charge and how to "circumvent the law"?
Under the plan, iPhones and AirPods sold in the EU will have to have USB-C ports by the fall of 2024. However, this does not mean that switching to USB-C will be Apple's only option for the iPhone 15 / iPhone 16.
The USB-C conversion will only be a task for those devices with ports. Therefore, iPhone 15 / iPhone 16 completely has the right to design without ports!
By 2024, mobile devices in the EU will have to use USB-C ports.
Not to mention, the EU is also planning to come up with wireless charging standards, sooner or later. However, this won't affect Apple's plans for a portless iPhone - with MagSafe charging, as all iPhones since 2017 have supported Qi wireless charging - the current industry standard.
Alternatives for iPhone 15
Obviously, a portless iPhone (technically) isn't Apple's only solution.
Technically, Apple could ship the iPhone 15 with a USB-C port only in Europe and keep the Lightning port combo – MagSafe charging in the rest of the world.
At least for the iPhone 15 series, Apple may decide to do nothing! That's because EU law comes into effect in 2024 - about a year after the iPhone 15 was released.
If possible, the iPhone 16 will have a full port design. It is expected that September 2023 will be a pivotal time for Apple and iPhone!
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