Bloomberg: Apple originally gave thought to designing a portless iPhone X

If you own the Apple iPhone X, imagine the device without the Lightning port. In fact, imagine the tenth anniversary model being 100% port-free. According to a report published today by Bloomberg, that was an idea that Apple engineers considered when developing the phone. But the idea was rejected because wireless charging is slower than wired charging. And there is something else to consider; having wireless charging technology included inside the box would have jacked up the price of what already was turning out to be quite an expensive handset.

According to people familiar with Apple, the company does plan on eventually removing all buttons and external ports from future iPhone models. This would include the removal of the Lightning port, or whatever port Apple is using to charge the phone in the future. There has been talk that Apple plans on switching to a Type-C USB port for the 2019 iPhone lineup.

The iPhone and iPad have always had proprietary charging ports, starting with the 30-pin connector that was employed with the first-generation iPhone in 2007, through the Apple iPhone 4s. On September 12, 2012, Apple unveiled the Lightning connector along with the first iPhone designed to use it, the Apple iPhone 5. The fourth generation Apple iPad, unveiled the same day, was the first of Apple's tablets to include a Lightning port.

source: Bloomberg

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  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Funny when it will likely take a year since the introduction of the X before they have their own charging pads. Imagine the panic mode at the headquarters had they gone this route and shipping phones without chargers because they aren't ready.... Revolutionary, no wired charger needed...or in the box!.... Just some Ikea or other third party investment to charge your phone...

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You don’t have to imagine any such idiotic scenario. Apple isn’t Samsung, they get their ducks in a row before releasing their products. If the X had come without a port, Apple would have likely sped up delevopment on the pad. Seeing as how the accessory isn’t mandatory, they put it on the back-burner.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What you meant by Apple isn’t Samsung?

14. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Right right, Apple maps: no explanation required First iPhone: "there's an app for that!" ... except there wasn't, since there was no ecosystem to speak of when it came out. Bare bones stripped functionality was the result. Apple Pay: announced over 3.5 years ago and most people in most countries are still waiting for this to work and even here in the US, functionality is extremely limited compared to Android peers (let alone Samsung phones of the past few years). NFC:7 years later and the added value is still mostly waiting... Try pairing your device with say a digital interchangeable lens camera from Nikon or Sony and see what NFC does for you. Nothing.

33. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't forget the "smart" speaker that's the dumbest in class.

21. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

" You don’t have to imagine any such idiotic scenario. Apple isn’t Samsung, they get their ducks in a row before releasing their products. If the X had come without a port, Apple would have likely sped up delevopment on the pad. Seeing as how the accessory isn’t mandatory, they put it on the back-burner." Actually the Bloomberg article this is taken from is about how Apple can't get things right the last few years and about how they keep announcing things then fail to bring them to market on time. And no they havn't put the AirPower on the back burner, they have been working flat out on it but can't get it right due to overheating and software problems. It's now been pushed back from a June release to September Go read the article yourself you might actually learn something.

31. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Like all the hype of Samsung X... LOL..How long we have been hearing about the release.... Go back to work and flip those burgers

27. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You sound more like Piyath these days. Stop getting triggered so easily.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Everytime someone uses common sense they're triggered now? I'm going based off Apple's own port history here: Switching from 30-pin to lightning because USB-C wasn't ready yet. Providing two methods of adapting post 3.5 headphone Jack removal in the box of their phones. Apple isn't stupid enough an organization to move to a new standard without some form of bridge accessory.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Ther also would have been a wireless charger in the box. Seems like you are making up something that you don’t understand In response to #1

22. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

You mean like they include a fast charger in the box?

15. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Such an innovation i didn't know i needed. Basically without any ports the phone will turn into a real brick if the battery is faulty and then you have to run back to mommy Apple.

2. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Never will be able to charge in my car

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Not true.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I've got a tylt wireless charger in my car...should work with your iPhone X's Qi wireless charging specs.

13. deleon629

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Charge? You'd be lucky to make a call by 2021 because they take away so many features every quarter lol

19. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That's not completely true. Remember, they ADDED the performance throttling "feature" the other year.

34. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You should be worried then, android oems are following Apple on whatever the company does

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1789; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

My phone charges in my friends Toyota.

8. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I don’t think that’s convenient, if you need to flash your iPhone for whatever reason and need to connect to a pc when the iPhone is in recovery mode, the port is necessary, unless there is a technology to revive phones wirelessly, the port is necessary on whatever phone from whatever brand

9. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The first time I actually agree with you on something. This is not well-planned at all.

16. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

No. Could've been excellent. Free from wires. Free from nonsense stuff. Purely a phone off my choice. I'd love them to go no ports and holes. Just the buttons and whole screen for me. I still appreciate that they removed the jack. Feels great with wireless era.

17. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's way too soon for any OEMS to remove a port like that. They're literally asking for self-destruction if they remove such a port.

24. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

No. It's like pushing beyond the boundaries. Just imagine. It'll be awesome.

25. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You don’t understand my point, I mean I’d also love to see an iPhone without ports and buttons (maybe capacitive or optical ones, I don’t know) but there are certain situations where you really need the ports like when the phone is stuck in bootloop or it’s just bricked and doesn’t boot up, there is no way that your pc or laptop can detect the phone other than connecting it via wire so you can fix the phone, and that applies to android, and windows phones and any other phone as well even if android supposedly have the boot up mode, last summer I couldn’t fix one without connecting the phone to my laptop because I couldn’t solve the problem with the recovery mode, so ports are necessary just for now

29. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

What are Apple services for then?

35. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Well, maybe it’s me but everytime I have a software related issue I always solve it myself, it seems stupid to me going to an apple store because my iPhone doesn’t boot up when I can fix that easily and comfortably at home with my laptop, if it’s something related to hardware of course I go there and rant all I need to until they fix it or give me a new device

20. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

It'll probably be something like internet recovery on MacBooks. Part of the storage will be partitioned for recovery, like on computers. No need to connect to a computer to flash then.

23. Vokilam

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Try photosync app in App Store or google play. I never used wires to connect to pc since I had that installed on my android phone - now using on iPhone X. Works perfectly to transfer photos videos and movies off the phone and send to the phone.

36. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Would you send the link of iOS version of the app as AppStore has two Photosync app. Thankyou.

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