First the 30-pin docking connector then the headphone jack, What will Apple remove next? The new speculations flying around suggest Apple will soon abandon the ‘ Lightning Port ‘ in its iPhones.
Apple introduced The lightning port on September 12, 2012. It is used to connect Apple mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, and iPods to host computers, external monitors, cameras and USB battery charger. Reportedly, A newly granted patent was published yesterday by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Apple aims to reduce physical imperfections on iPhone’s external design. And therefore, it is likely it will ditch the lightning port soon.
The Patent #9,453,976 was granted yesterday on September 27th. It elaborates a system through which data could flow between two devices through an optical interface. This would use a series of tiny holes that would allow enough optical information to pass through. The patent says:
An electronic device having an optical connector that provides and/or receives optical signals through openings or perforations formed at an external surface of the electronic device. These openings can serve as the interface of the optical connector through which the electronic device can engage in one-way or two-way communication with corresponding optical connectors of other electronic devices. These openings can be sized such that they are not visible or not easily visible with the naked human eye
The removal of the lightning port can invite arguments and protests by a number of people owning Apple products. That can seriously heat up previous arguments the 3.5mm headphone jack raised.
What will Apple replace it with?
Apple is considering to replace the lightning port with another hardware. As a matter of fact, it is rumoured that the hardware is a form of magnetic connector used to position a ‘data cable’ to pick up the visual signal. Additionally, it will charge the iPhone through induction while in use. Apple finally leaps onto the wireless charging bandwagon.
Chances are Apple would conform to an existing standard such as Qi. However, odds suggest something else. Tim Cook will probably prefer to go with Apple’s standards licensed from Made for iPhone program. Only time will tell.