Uncut iPhone prototype shared by Ben Geskin

iPhones of the future may abandon Lightning in favor of wireless technology

They were missing rumors for the infamous iPhones of the future? For fear nothing: the leaker/ designer Ben Geskin (who has a reasonable track record of success) is back with some speculation about the surprises – or not so surprises – that await us for years to come.

Geskin’s first bets have to do with the next generation of iPhones, to be launched in 2020. According to sources heard by him, the devices will include antenna lines (those on the sides) slightly thicker, but still below 1mm thick. The reason is clear: to accommodate the arrival of 5G on smartphones – which, every day, seems more certain.

The new antennas would also be formed by a new material, abandoning the plastic currently used; Geskin just didn’t know whether Apple’s new choice would be glass, pottery or sapphire.

Moving to the front of the device, the leaker also stated that Apple is testing new prototype modules for the Face ID. Some of them are smaller in width, which could decrease the size of the cutout on future iPhones; others are narrower vertically, which would give the potential to place the sensors on a straight top edge, without clipping – just as Geskin himself had already brought in a surrender previously published.

Uncut iPhone prototype shared by Ben GeskinUncut iPhone prototype shared by Ben Geskin

It is worth noting that the designer did not specify the timing of these Apple tests, so there is no way of knowing whether this new Face ID module, in any case, will arrive on iPhones 2020 or take yet another time to be implemented.

Goodbye, Lightning?

The third piece of information received by Geskin refers to a slightly more distant prospect. According to him, Apple has a (long-term) plan to eventually abandon the Lightning door on iPhones, completely replacing it with wireless charging and data transfer solutions.

Supposed Lightning adapter for 3.5mm

More precisely, the Apple plan is to incorporate ultra-wideband technology (UWB), already used in its U1 chips, as a means of data transfer; the protocol can achieve transfer speeds similar to those of USB 3.0 (500MB / s) if the two connected devices are up to three meters apart. Recharging would be done just like today, with Qi chargers.

On the one hand, the news does not come as a surprise: the transition to wireless technologies is natural in the technological world, and Apple has shown that it wants to eventually build a completely “closed” iPhone without holes – just look at the extinction of headphone output and the gradual adoption of eSIM.

On the other hand, the prospect dashes the hopes of those who expected to see an iPhone equipped with USB-C at some point – after all, if Apple intends to make the transition to an iPhone without physical inputs at some point, there is no point adding an extra step in the middle the way and launch some models with a port other than Lightning. In addition, it will be interesting to see if the Apple will include wireless chargers in the iPhones’ cases in case the change really happens someday.

And you, what do you think?