In a week, Apple will announce the new iPhone 14 series. While many new features have been rumored for this upcoming smartphone, there are some you certainly won’t see with this release as Apple is readying for a future generation.
iPhone 14 won’t be portless
Rumors about a portless iPhone aren’t new. It was suggested that the iPhone 13 could have been portless for a brief moment. Back in 2021, we wrote:
Reports have also suggested that 2021 could be the year that Apple introduces an iPhone without a Lightning port. This would be the first-ever port-less iPhone, and most recently, Bloomberg reported it as something being tested internally at Apple.
But while Apple is testing a port-less design, it isn’t expected to be released to the public this year. Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the iPhone 13 will continue to use a Lightning port on all models. This also means that the iPhone 13 will not feature USB-C support.
While a portless iPhone 14 could end the need to switch to USB-C in the European Union, it would also be interesting to see the iPhone being charged strictly in wireless mode. But, don’t worry, it won’t happen this year – and may not ever happen.
USB-C switch? Maybe next year
While the iPhone 14 won’t be portless, it won’t feature a USB-C connector. Rumors point out that the iPhone 15 will be the one making the switch. As the European Union is demanding a standard port for all manufacturers, Apple is said to be planning the switch for the iPhone 15, new AirPods, and more.
In June, the European Union reach an agreement on making the charging port mandatory from 2024:
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