Apple Wanted to Remove the Lightning Connector on the iPhone X and Go Completely Wireless
Removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was just the start for Apple when it came to limiting options for the average user. By then, the only thing that consumers could rely on was to use the Lightning port for listening to music via an adapter or charge the device separately.
Though the iPhone X comes with the option to either wirelessly charge it through a charging pad or via a power brick, it could have possible that users only had the option to wirelessly charge the bezel-less flagship. Here is what prompted Apple to keep the Lightning port on the OLED-touting smartphone rather than removing it.
Removing the Lightning Port on the iPhone X Was Not Feasible Due to Slow Charging Rate of Wireless Chargers
A side report from the info involving the AirPower, which is expected to be released by September, Mark Gurman, a reporter at Bloomberg, stated that Apple was contemplating over removing the Lightning port from the iPhone X (via MacRumors).
“During the development of the iPhone X, Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely. That wasn’t feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods. Including a wireless charger with new iPhones would also significantly raise the price of the phones.”
To be clear, Gurman has said that Apple planned to completely remove the Lightning port from the device so that users would only have to wirelessly charge the handset. However, an act like this is not feasible because wireless charging on the latest iPhones is rather slow due to hardware limitations, but we are confident that things will pick up with time.
However, what about the other features that users will not be able to take advantage of? For example, if you want to sync your iPhone to iTunes on your computer, you need to do it by connecting a Lightning cable, but there is also an option of wirelessly syncing the smartphone, though chances of the connection breaking mid-way the syncing process can definitely happen.
It is safe to assume that if Apple was thinking of removing the Lightning port from the iPhone X, the tech giant will definitely be doing it in the future. By then, we will probably be able to experience faster wireless charging, giving Apple sufficient reason to actually remove this port and give users nothing but an all ‘metal and glass’ slab of a smartphone.