A Portless iPhone is a Reality — Deal With It

Walid AO
5 min readJan 27, 2023
Photo by Ben Kolde on Unsplash

Recently, I wrote a story about why USB-C would never come to an iPhone.

By the way, this wasn't the first time I had written about it. I've been very vocal that this is becoming a reality since 2020 when apple introduced MagSafe.

However, on my latest post, a reader commented the following:

I can't get where you are. There are still two major reasons to keep a high-speed port: big video / image transfers, and a diagnostic port for Apple to use. Your analysis isn't complete on this

I partially agree with Chris Hornberger. Let's face it; wireless charging is the loophole Apple needs to bypass the new EU regulation.

If you aren't aware, the EU just passed a new law that requires any small chargeable electrical device to use a USB-C port, as long as capable of a wired connection.

If Apple introduced a USB-C, then any USB-C cable could be used to charge an iPhone, which would eventually mean that Apple would lose a massive chunk of its revenue from licensing Lightning accessories — Why would apple willingly accept that?

And yes, I do get it; Apple did add a USB-C port to its iPads, so having a USB-C in an iPhone shouldn't be a big deal, right?

Here, my friend is where you have yet to see the big picture.

iPhone vs. iPad

Apple's plan for the iPad was to make it more usable by professional users. The Apple Pencil, the Smart Cover, and the USB-C all lead to professionals using the iPad more and more.

Let us remember that the Pro versions of the iPad are not equipped with M2 chips. The same Chip is used in their Macs.

Apple achieved its goal. I no longer need to take my laptop with me on vacation. The iPad Pro is more than enough for me on my vacations. I can read and reply to my…

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