If the iPhone had one iconic, signature feature, it’s Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. So imagine an iPhone without it. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one such iPhone may make its appearance in 2021.
MacRumors has obtained Kuo’s research note with TF International Securities, which illustrates his iPhone launch predictions of 2020 and 2021. In it, Kuo mentions that the highest-end iPhone will not only drop the Lightning connector, but will not feature any port at all.
Kuo also predicts that this highest-end iPhone will launch in the second half of 2021. It remains to be seen if it will be a one-off, or the first of many iPhones without the Lightning connector. It also odd that Apple will go with the nuclear option immediately, rather than transitioning to using USB-C.
In addition to the wireless iPhone, he predicts that Apple will have another launch in the first half of 2021. This earlier launch will likely be featuring an iPhone SE 2 Plus. Based on the name, it’s possibly a larger version of the iPhone SE 2 that’s scheduled to be launched in the first half of 2020.
If these predictions are true, this would mean that Apple will start launching iPhones biannually. It’s also interesting to see that the iPhone SE 2 will not be launched together with its Plus-sized variant.