Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Next iPhone Move: Murder the Lightning Port

Apple Inc. took the tech industry by storm last week when it introduced the iPhone 7.  The new iPhone is evoking mixed feelings among users and critics. The iPhone7 is remarkable but it not “Insanely Great” in Jobian lingo. The iPhone maker has a tradition of making a stock new model one year followed by an improved “S” model the next year. Hence, if the iPhone 7 has not done a great job at impressing you, you might want to exercise patience until 2017 before you buy a new iPhone.

However, the 2017 iPhone won’t be an iPhone 7S; rather, Apple will most likely jump the curve to launch an iPhone 8 to commemorate its 10year anniversary. A little birdie hinted that Apple tested the removal of the 3.5mm jack in the iPhone 7 to gauge market response to changes the iPhone – the 2017 iPhone will be incredibly different.


War on Ports: after axing the 3.5mm jack, Apple might ax the Lightning port

Apple has rocked the boat by removing the 3.5mm jack in the iPhone 7 in order to make the phone more waterproof and in order to promote its awesome AirPods. However, it seems that the firm is out to wage a war on ports and the next iPhone might not even have a lightning port. The firm is reportedly working on a wireless charging system for the iPhone 8.

On Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application for an inductive charging station. The induction charging station will be a dock and it will charge the iPhone in the same way that the carrying dock of the AirPods serves as a charging system.  The patent filing says “The inductive charging station may include a support surface that receives an electronic device (not shown) to be charged via induction charging free of a wired connection between the inductive charging station and the electronic device to be charged.”

Here’s what you can expect from the next iPhone

Starting with the name, the 2017 iPhone will not be an “S” Model so that Apple can create strong associations between its 2017 iPhone and its 10-year anniversary. Some of the possible names include iPhone 7X, iPhone X, and iPhone 8.

The next iPhone screen will utilize every available real estate on the front surface in order to give you a bigger screen without turning the phone into a phablet. The firm is reportedly working on removing the borders and bezel on the front surface a full screen. MacRumors, John Gruber of Daring Fireball have both stuck out their necks with claims that the next iPhone won’t have bezels.

However, it is doubtful that the next iPhone will have a curved screen. Nonetheless, you can expect the next iPhone to sport an AMOLED display. Current iPhone have an LCD display and rivals flagship phones such as the upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone are sporting AMOLED screens.

Apple will return to its original glass body that it used in the iPhone 4 and 4S instead of the aluminum body that it used in later versions of the iPhone. Apple analyst, Ming Chi Kuo was the first to report that the 2017 will have a glass body and he hasn’t recounted on his claims.

Rumors about the first two features mentioned above have been making the rounds for quite a while – that not quite news. However, you’ll be surprised to find out that Apple won’t make the home button prominent in the next iPhone. Apple is looking for a way to embed the home button into front glass panel. The home button also houses the fingerprint sensor that provides an extra layer of security in the iPhone.

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Victor Alagbe is a seasoned business and finance writer with a specialty in writing about how to invest for the long-term in healthcare, pharmacology, energy and tech stocks. His long-term focus is on stocks that provide a nice mix of growth and income. For the short term, he passionately writes about trading stock options for the excitement and leverage that stock options offer.


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