We arrest you right away: this patent announces nothing other than the intention ofApple to think about a potential new port. The fact that it was deposited yesterday proves that even if it were to be marketed, it would not immediately hit the market! But even so, the apple brand will eventually replace its port Lightning through another port, other than USB-C.
The strength of this new port is that it would be completely waterproof against all daily aggressions: dust, dirt, water … nothing would pass. His code name? The “ Smart connector ” Presented as it is presented, it looks like the connector that was already found on Microsoft Surface, completely magnetic.
The Cupertino company would have started working on this new port in 2016, before the consequent democratization of the USB-C port, which has since taken over. If Apple wanted to change the port, it would also adopt, without a doubt, the latter, as we have seen with the iPad Pro. And above all, will the iPhone and iPad still need a port in a few years? It is perfectly conceivable to see the democratization of wireless charging, in particular with the very upcoming commercialization of the AirPower. The Lightning port, according to World is Small, therefore still has a bright future ahead of it.