La mejor patente de Apple que hemos visto en lo que va de año: un conector Lightning impermeable
The information recently published by Mark Gurman has sparked debate. Right now, every iPhone has a Lightning port to transmit information and to load, and everything indicates that the next ones will also do it, but it is irremediable that in the long term that port will cease to exist .
And I’m not talking about the disappearance of the Lightning port to be replaced by a USB-C port, I’m talking about the end of the physical connections on the phone. That absolutely everything has to be done without cables . You laugh at the debate that was mounted when the 3.5 millimetre jack disappeared from the iPhone 7, right? What would be the consequences of that?
All wires to the trash
First of all, we would inevitably have to talk about wireless charging as the only way to charge the device. Apple would gain more space inside the iPhone, saving all the components of the connection, but at the same time all the charging cables we have would automatically become obsolete .
If the iPhone X had gone offline Lightning, your buyers would have been forced to purchase not one but several wireless chargers for their homes and offices. They’re not exactly cheap, so there would probably have been a debate. And that’s what we’ll have to do as soon as the charging port disappears, although I guess at Apple they’ll wait until the Qi charging bases are more implemented and it’s an everyday thing in our lives (and not only in the lives of the most tech-savvy).
No, we wouldn’t lose local synchronization with macOS
Another thing to think about is synchronizing data with a Mac. I can confirm that there are still many users who back up their iOS devices using iTunes, connecting them with the Lightning cable to the computer and using iTunes.
Here’s the good news: we wouldn’t lose that capacity, and you could continue to make those local backups without relying solely on iCloud. iTunes gives us the ability to sync data from an iOS device via the Wi-Fi network , which with 802.11ac network speeds can even be faster than with Lightning cables (which have USB 2 speeds). We’ll just have to get used to that.
Perhaps the job is more for the Apple technicians themselves, because they would have to find ways to be able to perform device diagnostics with a non-physical connection . This is not even the case with the Apple Watch, which is charged solely by induction but has a secret physical data port that only Apple can use. Perhaps we will see something like this, of a much smaller size, in a future iPhone without a charging port.
In short, you don’t need to set off all the alarms right now and start filling your house with induction charging bases. There will come a time when we will have to do that, but that time will be longer term.