Apple is famed for ditching old features to make way for new ones – often causing massed wailing and gnashing of teeth among its fans in the process.
First, the tech giant scandalised iPhone users by swapping the old charging plug for a Lightning connector, before unceremoniously ditching the device’s headphone jack.
Now a leading Apple analyst has claimed it could be about to get the last remaining port on its upcoming iPhones, meaning you won’t be able to plug it in and will have to use a wireless charger instead.
Tech industry expert Ming-Chi Kuo believes there’s a model coming in 2019 which will ‘provide the completely wireless experience’ by removing the Lightning connector, according to Apple Insider.
This is already the only port available on current models and is used to plug the handset into a charger or attach other devices.
What this means is that all those cables and accessories you’ve collected will be totally useless.
However, anyone who’s used a wireless charger will know there’s something almost magical about sitting their gadget atop a plate to power it up, rather than plugging it into a wall.
The ports will be removed from a high-end model first, Kuo said. But this is likely to herald a wider bonfire of ports, meaning LIghtning could soon be nothing but a flash in the memory of Apple users.
The Apple analyst also believes the tech colossus will unleash several new iPhones in 2020, include one with a 5.4-inch screen, two with a 6.1-inch display and a 6.7-inch mega beast.
Of course, we don’t know what Apple is going to until it does it, so take these rumours with a pinch of salt.