Apple’s dream for iPhones can actually be a nightmare


This story is part of Hotspot iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips, and advice on Apple’s most popular products.

The iPhone 14 Smartphones It goes a step further in Apple’s quest for a portless phone, making new models sleeker and more powerful by emptying the SIM card slot and Rely on eSIMs.

Gone are another mechanical weakness towards dust and water, after Apple opted for 3.5 mm headphone jack extrusion Starting in 2016 and Spam the actual home button Starting in 2017. Extrapolating to the future, you might expect Apple to empty the charging and data port next, beginning in the era of iPhone not portable.

I’m sure I hope not.

I’m all for progress, but I think it’s best that we keep some of those copper cables in our lives – although that goes against the idea of ​​the sleek, seamless gadget Apple coveted that is now possible, like CNET Editor Lisa Eadicicco pointing to.

Sounds cool neat, but hear me out. There are three big issues with an iPhone without a port: charging inconvenience, slow data transfer, and refusal of wired earbuds. Here is a look at the situation.

The shortcomings of wireless charging for iPhone

The first big problem with an iPhone that doesn’t have ports is that it will be difficult to charge.

You may have charging pads in the kitchen, in the office, in your car, and maybe even on the table next to your bed. You need to charge your phone elsewhere, though: at the airport, in a rental car, at your friend’s house, in a college lecture hall, at a conference. Moving around the charger and cable needed for your “wireless” charging is worse than carrying a regular wired charger.

Sure, they’re included in some places now, including coffee shops and airports, but you don’t want to roll the dice when available. Chances are good, you will lose.

Wireless chargers are also more expensive, are often bulkier and can be tricky about placing the phone, even with Apple MagSafe Technology To better align your phone. On several occasions, I woke up in the morning or had been driving for hours and discovered that the wireless charging was not working.

Wired charging is also faster, wastes less power and doesn’t leave my phone hot.

If Apple ever got rid of it, it’s now out of date lightning port And the Embraces the USB-C port on iPhonesAnd, as I would expect, the charging and data port becomes more useful. I already use USB-C to charge my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and laptop frameSony Noise Canceling Headphones, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel Buds Pro Earphone Case, Nintendo Switch Game Console and Controllers. When I travel, I always have a USB-C charger with me, and I expect USB-C ports to become more and more popular in airports, planes, hotels, cars, and coffee shops. Don’t hold your breath because of a wireless charging pad stuck in an Economy Class seat.

“There’s no doubt that USB-C is long overdue on the iPhone, especially since it’s on the iPad and Mac,” Creative Strategies Analyst Carolina Milanese He said. “It is not always possible to use wireless networks or MagSafe.”

iPhone data transfer speed

The convenience of wireless data transmission makes it the standard for phones. Gone are the days when we needed to connect our phones to our laptops to sync and backup data.

But if you’re one of those creative types that Apple shows off at every iPhone launch, shooting 4K video for your standalone movie, you’ll appreciate the wired data transfer to get that video onto your laptop faster. This is especially true if you’re shooting with Apple’s ProRes video.


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The 1 minute ProRes clip I recently shot is 210MB; Imagine how fast you would sweep through the gigabytes if you were shooting more seriously. Wired connections can be great for transferring a lot of photos, too, using a tool like Apple’s Photo Capture Utility or Adobe Lightroom for photo editing and indexing.

Wired Earbuds If You Can’t Buy AirPods

I know I know, AirPods Or some other wireless earbuds these days is a booming business. But wired headphones are still useful. They are even retro fashion statement For some.

I love them because they never run out of battery or have poor bluetooth. And they are more difficult to get lost or Drop down the gutter on the street while running to catch the bus.

Wired earbuds are much cheaper. Maybe you can bear it $249 for the second generation AirPods Pro, but not everyone can. The 3.5mm audio jack is squeezed out of smartphones, but iPhones with USB-C ports mean you’re more likely to get a cheap set of earbuds at the airport travel store if you forget your AirPods.

Close-up view of the iPhone 13 Pro Lightning port

I’d rather have a USB-C port than an Apple Lightning port on my iPhone, but I’d prefer either compared to no port at all.

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There’s probably room for compromise – one iPhone for wireless fans only and another for folks like me. But Apple doesn’t like to oblige consumers with confusing choices, so I’d be surprised.

Case for immovable iPhones

There are, of course, some important advantages that we get from an iPhone without barriers.

It will bring a new level of style and reduce the amount of cable mess in your life. iPhone cases will be stronger and more resistant to water and dust. Apple will get a little extra internal space that it can fill with a larger battery or other electronic devices.

An iPhone without a port would likely be more structurally rigid and allow more room for a Taptic driver, speakers, or perhaps an antenna. remove sageAnalyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

Apple, which does not usually discuss its future plans, has not commented on this story.

Advances in wireless charging and data transfer technologies make it possible to envision an iPhone without barriers. More improvements are also likely: better Wi-Fi. Wireless charging that works anywhere in the room, not just on the charging pad. Possible use of ultra-wideband positioning technology for fast transmission of short-range data as well.

I really enjoy the current wireless technologies that would make a barrier-free iPhone possible. I just think the disadvantages of relying on it exclusively outweigh the advantages.

The best receiver is the one that preserves the charging port and data. So, Apple, please don’t give up on it either. And while your engineers look at the matter, what about USB-C?


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