Apple patented the new magnetic connector that could replace the Lightning port on the iPhone. The US Patent and Trademark Office this week gave Apple a patent for a new magnetic connector that can power the iPhone. This move came after rumors that Apple is considering removing the Lightning port from its smartphones in the future.
As reported by Patently Apple, the patent shows a new type of connector similar to the iPad’s Smart Connector and even the MagSafe of older MacBooks. According to the pictures, this connector will replace the Lightning port as a new way to charge iPhone.
Apple is working on a new type of connector
The new patent relates to the invention of a connector for an accessory capable of exchanging power and data with the electronic device. In particular, the connector contains recessed contacts that are magnetically activated by magnets coupled to the contacts of the electronic device.
The patent shows that the new connector is designed to increase the water resistance of the iPhone, as it is made entirely of magnets. It seems unlikely that Apple will make another connector for its devices. It shows that this company is indeed investigating the possibility of removing the Lightning port from the iPhone.
Last year, Apple introduced the MagSafe iPhone, a new magnetic connector based on the Qi standard that plugs into the back of the phone for charging. While the iPhone 12 still has a Lightning port, rumors suggest future models may no longer have this connector, so users will have MagSafe as the only alternative to charging the iPhone.
At the same time, trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this week that Apple will keep the Lightning port on iPhone 13 models for another year, which doesn’t mean Apple has completely rejected plans to ever launch a portless iPhone. Since the launch of the AirPods, Apple has promoted the idea of a world where only wireless solutions are available. Hence, it will come as no surprise that they delete the only port left on the iPhone.