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Apple’s iPhone dream may actually be a nightmare

this story is part Focal Point iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips, and advice about Apple’s most popular products.

of iphone 14 smartphone Taking Apple’s quest for portless phones a step further, with a SIM card slot and eSIM chip dependent.

After Apple opted to ditch the 3.5 mm headphone jack starting in 2016, it’s no longer mechanically vulnerable to dust and water. Ditch the physical home button From 2017.

I hope not.

I’m all for progress, but I think it’s best to keep some of these copper cables in our lives, like CNET, the slick, seamless gadgets Apple craves , but it is now feasible, as senior editor Lisa Eadicicco points out:

I think Sleek is great, but hear me out. Portless iPhones have three major problems. Inconvenient charging, slow data transfer, and rejection of wired earphones. Let’s see how it goes.

Disadvantages of iPhone wireless charging

The first big problem with portless iPhones is that they make charging difficult.

You might have a charging pad in your kitchen, office, in your car, or even on a nightstand by your bed. However, you will need to charge your phone elsewhere, such as airports, rental cars, friends’ houses, college auditoriums, and conferences. Carrying the charger and cable required for “wireless” charging is even more difficult than carrying a regular wired charger.

Sure, some venues, like coffee shops and airports, have built-ins, but you don’t want to roll the dice on availability. There is a good chance that you will lose.

Wireless chargers are also more expensive, often bulky and can require careful phone placement. You can even better calibrate your phone with Apple’s MagSafe technology. There have been a few times when I woke up in the morning or after hours of driving to find my wireless charging not working.

Wired charging is also faster, wastes less energy and doesn’t heat up your phone.

If Apple ditched the now-obsolete Lightning port and embraced the iPhone’s USB-C port, its charging and data ports would be more convenient, as I expected. We already use USB-C to charge our MacBook Pros, iPad Pros, Framework laptops, Sony noise-cancelling earbuds, Pixel 6 Pro phones, Pixel Buds Pro earbud cases, and Nintendo Switch game consoles and controllers. I always carry a USB-C charger with me when I travel and hope USB-C ports will become more common in airports, planes, hotels, cars and cafes. Don’t hold your breath on the wireless charging pads crammed into your economy class seat.

Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said: “Wireless or MagSafe is not always possible.”

iPhone data transfer speed

The convenience of wireless data transfer has made it a standard for mobile phones. Gone are the days when you had to connect your phone to your laptop to sync and back up your data.

But if you’re one of the creative types that Apple shows off at every iPhone launch event and you’re shooting 4K video for an indie movie, you’ll want a high wired data transfer to get that video onto your laptop faster. would appreciate it. This is especially true if you’re shooting on Apple’s ProRes video of her.


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A 1 minute ProRes clip I shot recently is 210MB. Imagine how fast you can handle gigabytes if you’re shooting more seriously. A wired connection is also useful for transferring large numbers of photos using tools such as Apple’s Image Capture utility or Adobe’s Lightroom photo editing and cataloging software.

Wired earphones if you can’t afford AirPods

AirPods and other wireless earbuds are booming these days. But wired headphones are still useful. For some, it’s even a retro fashion statement.

I like it because I never run out of battery power or suffer from Bluetooth instability. It’s also much harder to misplace or drop in a gutter while running to catch a bus.

Wired earphones are pretty cheap. You might be able to buy the $249 2nd Gen AirPods Pro, but not everyone can. 3.5mm audio jacks are being pushed out of smartphones, but iPhones with USB-C ports mean that if you forget your AirPods, you’re more likely to pick up a cheap pair of earbuds at the airport travel store.

Close-up view of the iPhone 13 Pro Lightning port

I’d rather have a USB-C port on my iPhone than this Apple Lightning port, but I’d rather have one than no port at all.

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Perhaps there is room for compromise — an iPhone for wireless-only users and another model for people like me. But I would be surprised, because Apple doesn’t like to stick with options that confuse consumers.

portless iphone case

Of course, there are some key benefits that come from a portless iPhone.

It brings a new level of smoothness and reduces the amount of cable fiddling in your life.Your iPhone case is stronger and less susceptible to water and dust. Apple gets a little extra internal space that can be filled with larger batteries and other electronics.

Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Anshel Sag said:

Apple, which usually doesn’t talk about future plans, declined to comment for this article.

Advances in wireless charging and data transfer technology have made portless iPhones conceivable. Further advances, such as improved Wi-Fi, are also possible. Wireless charging that works anywhere in the room, not just the charging pad. There is also the possibility of using ultra-wideband positioning technology for high-speed short-range data transfer.

I’m already enjoying today’s wireless technology that enables portless iPhones. I think the drawbacks of relying exclusively on them outweigh the benefits.

The best future is the one that keeps its charging and data ports. So don’t throw away Apple either. While engineers are looking into this issue, what about USB-C?

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