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No port design does not implement this year's iPhone

via:cnBeta     time:2022/1/9 16:03:14     readed:59

Since the 2016 Apple canceled the headset port on the iPhone 7, there is a rumor's next step to abandon the lightning port and use a completely portable design. Analysts originally estimated that iPhone 13 Pro Max will provide "complete wireless experience." Of course, this does not happen, but the portless design is also unlikely to appear on the iPhone 14 this year, the reasons are as follows:

Data transfer speed

Apple's long-term goal is to design an iPhone without an external port or button to achieve a simple device, but if it intends to provide a complete wireless charging and data transfer solution, there is still a major obstacle. For data, Apple will need to exceed Bluetooth because its bandwidth limit is limited, relying on faster wireless protocols, making the iPhone's data transfer speed or exceeds Lightning, otherwise the port will be considered a reverse.

In fact, Apple has developed such an agreement. Macrumors have recently found that the Apple Watch Series 7 model is equipped with 60.5 GHz wireless data transmission when placed on a proprietary magnetic base with the corresponding 60.5GHz module.

Apple may not propagate this ability because it is only for internal use. For example, the APPLE Store staff can use this base to wirelessly restore Apple Watch. It is still unclear that its wireless data is transmitted, but our understanding is that USB 2.0 speed may reach 480 Mbps. In other words, it is the speed of LightNing.


However, it is necessary to implement wirelessly not just data transmission. Since there is no Lightning port, you will not be able to connect the iPhone directly to your computer, reset the iPhone without reacting by recovery mode. Unless Apple comes to an alternative home solution - perhaps the second iteration of Magsafe with high-speed data transmission capabilities - otherwise the iPhone must return each time the air update or complete device resumes and makes the device. To the Apple Store, this means the stimulation and inconvenience of end users.

The existing Magsafe charger provides up to 15W of peak power (or 12W of iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini). For compatible iPhone charging speeds less than half of the wired 20W USB-C charger, so any new version of Magsafe The transmission performance will have to be greatly increased to close to the existing cable speed.

It is undeniable that Apple may complete this zhuang (assuming that it has gone from AirPower's dilemma). You just need to look at its competitors, you know what is already possible.Google Pixel 6 and 6 PRO supports up to 21W and 23W wireless charging speed, and OnePlus 9 Pro has a 50W wireless charging speed, which is attributed to its next-generation WARP charger, which will be in 43 minutes. Electric phone is filled with full power. This is more fast than the iPhone directly inserted on the 20W charger. Xiaomi is another leader in this field - its Xiaomi 11 Ultra mobile phone 5000mAh battery can be charged from 0% to 100% in wirelessly within 30 minutes.

However, although wireless charging has improved at speeds, a problem that is often overlooked is that its energy efficiency is generally poor. In 2020, Debugger's Eric Ravenscraft found that in the case of equivalent power, wireless charging consumes more than 47% power than the wire charging. Unless Apple launches new Magsafe, there is an unprecedented energy efficiency, otherwise the lightning port will definitely violate its environmental protection policy.


Moreover, this is not the only ecological issue that Apple is incurred by no ports. In 2020 opposition to the EU asked all mobile devices to use universal ports, Apple said, from the iPhone to cancel the lightning port will be & quot; cause an unprecedented electronic waste & quot ;.

It is not difficult to see that if Apple launches an endless iPhone in 2022, this argument will have an impact on Apple. This will make millions of existing lightning cables, charging bases and other adapters are eliminated overnight, and are ready to be thrown into the trash.

Of course, Apple may be able to meet the requirements of the European Commission by using USB-C, but this is only replaced by another connector to another. Apple will effectively kick the vision of its portless iPhone to the long grass. In fact, analyst Guo Mingchi predicts that Apple will in & quot; foreseeable future & quot; keep the Lightning connector on the iPhone, and unintentional to USB-C because its waterproof is lower than Lightning. As Guo Taiming correctly pointed out, such a move will also be unfavorable to Apple's profitable MFI business, which is why he thinks that Apple is more likely to switch directly to a port mode, not first to use USB-C.

In view of these interlaced obstacles, even though there are some iPhone 14 rumors, we expect Apple's next smartphone to continue to use the lightning port, and choose Magsafe until there is a more feasible wireless charging solution, so that the portless iPhone design is not The disadvantages come with. So when will it appear? Frankly, this is hard to say.

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