It’s a little strange question the very existence of a port it has been with us for almost a decade. And yet, it also seems appropriate. We have been talking about the iPhone without a port of any kind for several years, practically since Apple decided to press the keys. cmd + borrar del audio jack.
Now and with the appearance of some rumors, the possibility of an iPhone without portss on its chassis it regains strength. In particular, a proposal that puts on the table the Smart Connector of the iPad applied to the iPhone.
iPhone 13 with Smart Connector: a theory full of me aning
he youtuber Max Tech posted a video this week in which we can listen to a most interesting theory. According to, Apple could prepare an iPhone 13 with Smart Connector instead of the Lightning port. Build a pretty sturdy case, bringing together both rumors of all kinds and different breadcrumbs that Apple has left in recent years.
As noted, several patents have been exploring for years the possibilities of a magnetic connector on the iPhone. And there is wireless charging using the current MagSafe. We’re talking about a c onnector that would leave the chassis completely flat, with no port that fits into it.
Of course, that would be a very similar idea to the one found on the iPad. Three flat connectors that allow data transmission and power. We know that the iPad Smart Connector is capable of both, as the Magic Keyboard has a backlit keyboard and also picks up signals from each key when we touch them.
The Smart Connector has already proven capable of transmitting power and data to the iPad Pro
This connector is also capable of supporting the USB-C charging power of this integrated keyboard. For what we know it is sufficient to charge a device. Of course, the Smart Connector should go through an adaptation process to fit into a frame where every millimeter is highly appreciated.
The advantages of an iPhone without a Lightning port
On the benefit side, Max Tech puts several on the table. There are three that would lead Apple to opt for a new connector for iPhone 13:
- Increase water resistance up to IP69. The accumulation of dust on the Lightning port is eliminated.
- A cable that could be shared with the MacBook Pros expected this year and which should see the return of the MagSafe.
- Maintains the possibility of income through the MFi program for third-party accessories.
If this connector became a reality, we would be faced with a new change of standard in the iPhone. The first generations debuted with the 30 pin connector in 2007, which debuted on the third-generation iPod in 2003. It worked for 9 years, until the iPhone 5 ditched it in favor of the Lightning port.
Now we find a theory that puts on the table a possible change of connector, again, 9 years later. If that happened, we would see it roll out to all current devices: AirPods, iPad, Siri Remote, and peripherals like the Magic Keyboard for the iMac and the Magic Mouse. This may coincide with the expected redesign of the iMac this year.
It is certainly an interesting theory. Lightning already carries at the same time as the 30-pin connector on the market. Changing it now or in the next few years is possible.