Apple could include Magsafe-type connector on 2021 iPhones, leaker says

Apple could drop the Lightning port from next year’s iPhones in favour of a new connector – the Smart Connector. An anonymous leaker on Twitter, who has previously had a good track record, has today claimed that the iPhone 13 will use “MagSafe”.

MagSafe was used on Apple’s laptops from 2006 until 2015 when it was replaced with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C). The tweet corroborates on a report from EverythingApplePro last month, who said that Apple was testing a Smart Connector on the iPhone 12. He’s since been proven wrong, but it’s looking increasingly likely that we could see next year’s iPhones adopt this tech.

The 2021 iPhones will support charging through the Smart Connector, using a magnetic-type charging end, and will be located on the “side” of or on the “bottom“ of the phone.

As with all rumours, take this with a grain of salt, but it could be the direction that Apple moves in in in the future.

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