Apple's equipment has always been pursuing simple design, making it more like an artwork in general, rather than being made into a multi-functional mobile phone with a geek or technology sense. So, on many products, the removable element Apple always relentlessly kill, just as iPhone X has directly eliminated the classic HOME key. It is now reported that Apple has considered a more simplistic approach, which is to get rid of the Lightning interface.
Today, Bloomberg published an article by Mark Gurman, a journalist who claims to have a close knowledge of Apple, in an article entitled "Why Apple AirPower Wireless charging Pilots are so hard to come on stage." In his explanation, he said that Apple had considered removing the wired charging feature of the iPhone X and removing the Lightning interface.
Mark Gurman wrote in the article: During the development of iPhone X, Apple had considered completely eliminating the wired charging system, but this was not an option at the time. Because wireless charging is still slower than traditional wired methods, and the addition of a wireless charger will greatly increase the price of the new iPhone.
In fact, the cost issue can not hinder Apple's ambition, because after the article was published, Mark Gurman further confirmed to other media, although Apple's removal of wired charging is to get rid of the iPhone's Lightning interface, but in fact, Apple's designers eventually hope "Remove most of the external interfaces and buttons on the iPhone," but this may take several years.
A few years ago, Apple Design Director Jony Ive had publicly stated that Apple’s ultimate goal is to make the iPhone look like a piece of glass. At the same time, Apple has repeatedly expressed its ambition to "create a wireless future," so at some point in the future, it should come as no surprise that Apple eventually removed the iPhone's Lightning interface.
To be honest, Apple has gone very well in its development path toward the "wireless future." Wireless chips such as W1 and W2 are technically available, and products have expanded from AirPods headsets to AirPower wireless charging pillows, and in order to allow users to accept "wireless." The idea had previously made a rather "courageous" decision to directly remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, and today there are indeed a large number of users who are beginning to use wireless headphones.
Despite this, removing the Lightning interface will certainly be another more controversial decision because it is used not only for wired charging but also for audio and data transfer, such as syncing, backing up, and restoring with iTunes on a Mac or PC. Not only that, Lightning interface itself has a very wide range of peripherals, many bases, mobile power, keyboards, gamepads, audio peripherals, wired headsets, and even Apple's earned MFi license is based on this interface.
Of course, in many cases, wireless alternatives to wired solutions are feasible. For example, iPhone and iTunes can be synchronized via Wi-Fi. Wired headsets can be replaced with wireless headsets. Ordinary game pads can be replaced with Bluetooth game controllers. Charging treasures and charging cradle can also be replaced with wireless charging. version. The CarPlay feature designed for on-board systems in the Apple ecosystem uses wireless methods.
It is undeniable that if Apple makes another "courage" decision, no matter what the situation will cause a lot of controversy and friction, because in 2012 Apple replaced the 30-pin connector to the Lightning interface, and the iPhone 7 to remove the headset jack these two decisions For a long time, it has been the focus of public opinion. However, these controversial decisions eventually subsided, and users are beginning to accept the new reality.
On the other hand, every time a brand-new product is designed, there are certainly more than one Apple internally considering, and some of them may never be implemented on the final product. In other words, killing the Lightning interface may also be just one of the internally conceived solutions.
In any case, according to the current news, iPhone's Lightning interface will be at least a few years. Because of rumors, the new generation of iPhones released by Apple this year will provide USB Type-C interface charging heads, and with USB-C to Lightning cable to support 18W fast charging. In addition, there are rumors that Apple will replace the iPhone's Lightning with a USB-C interface in 2019.