Kuo: Apple to Launch 'Completely Wireless' iPhone Without Lightning Connector and 'iPhone SE 2 Plus' With Touch ID Power Button in 2021

Apple plans to launch a high-end iPhone without a Lightning connector in the second half of 2021, according to a new prediction from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The device will supposedly offer a "completely wireless experience," suggesting that Apple is not switching to USB-C, but rather dropping the port entirely.


An excerpt from Kuo's research note with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors:

Apple will create more differentiation between the highest-end and high- end models. It will benefit the shipment of the highest-end model and iPhone ASP. Among new 2H21 iPhone models, we expect that the highest-end model would cancel the [Lightning] port and provide the completely wireless experience.

Earlier in 2021, Kuo expects Apple will launch a so-called "iPhone SE 2 Plus" with a full-screen design but no Face ID, resulting in only a small notch. Instead, Touch ID will be built into the power button, according to Kuo:

Apple will launch the iPhone SE2 Plus in 1H21. We predict that the display size will be 5.5 or 6.1-inch. This model will adopt a full-screen design. The notch area will be smaller because of no Face ID support. The Touch ID will be integrated with the power button, which is located on the side.

A report from JPMorgan analysts earlier this week said that Apple will be moving toward a biannual iPhone release cycle to help smooth out sales. Coupled with Kuo's report, it does look like Apple may be moving towards a trend of lower-end iPhones each spring and higher-end iPhones each fall.

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25 weeks ago
Sucks for me my CarPlay is dependent on my lightning cord.
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25 weeks ago


Sucks for me my CarPlay is dependent on my lightning cord.

If you can't afford a new car, you probably shouldn't own an iPhone.

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25 weeks ago
Why not release an even higher-end model with no display?
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25 weeks ago
I hardly ever use the port but I suspect many will not like this
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25 weeks ago
Hopefully not, I need secure syncing via iTunes. Wireless is not enough.
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25 weeks ago


Some 90s guy made this in PowerPoint. And on topic, let lightning die. Long live usb-c or preferably tb3

This isn't about what type of port; it's about no-port. Wireless charging and connectivity only.

Instead of charging from just a plug and cable, you charge from a plug, cable and charging mat to your "wireless" phone. (And you need to use about 20% to 25% more electricity to provide the same amount of charging, too.)
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