Apple is on a constant crusade against unnecessary ports and it seems that the next on the list is the Lightning port of the iPhone.
In many ways, it makes a lot of sense for Apple to omit the Lightning port from the iPhone. For starters, this is an additional component that needs to be installed. It takes up space in the iPhone and it is a hole that allows water and other random shmoo to enter the iPhone.
It is also a smaller part to wear.
But these are all things that benefit Apple. How about you as the person who paid big money for your iPhone?
What is life like after the lightning gate?
Well, that means everything you own that plugs into this Lightning port will be scrap. Cables, chargers, memory, FLIR IR cameras, docks, drone controllers.
Getting rid of the port of Lightning overnight would create a huge amount of e-waste.
And Apple knows that.
How do we know Apple knows this?
Because this time last year he used this very reason as protection against the pressure of the European Commission to switch to USB-C. Apple claims that switching from Lightning to USB-C would “create an unprecedented amount of e-waste” and disrupt “hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories used by our European customers.”
Well, just like dropping the lightning gate.
This would create a lot of waste.
So what has changed in a year?
It is possible that Apple will provide some wireless key that will act as a bridge, but who knows.
And it probably won’t be cheap.
The opposite is that since iPhones have a long life, Apple can claim that these accessories will not be obsolete overnight. In my experience, while iPhones have a long life, I don’t see the same being true for accessories.
Apple may try to claim that the switch it makes compensates for all the waste. I’m not sure if I would buy this to be honest.
Also, let’s take into account the fact that wireless charging is extremely wasteful in terms of electricity. Terribly so.
And wireless charging can never be as efficient as wired.
I’ve also heard people worry that they can’t put iPhone in recovery mode without the Lightning port, which would mean traveling to the Apple Store. This is really another concern. Conversely, this would make the iPhone much more resistant to jailbreaking or accessing data without the user’s consent.
What are your thoughts on Apple dropping the Lightning gate?