When Apple in 2012 introduced the Lightning connector, it was most comfortable and technologically advanced. Compact, double-sided and very simply arranged, he looked not only on the background of the 32-pin connector, but a MicroUSB, who at similar sizes had a much more complex structure. Since then it has been almost 8 years, Lightning has become commonplace, and as a new standard for the industry entrenched bilateral and not less than a simple USB C. That’s just to get the iPhone it was not destined, though Apple allowed its use.

Apple considered the possibility of transferring iPhone to the USB connector 12-C, abandoning the Lightning, found out the insider Fudge. Thus, Apple was planning to kill two birds with one stone. First, the company would have fulfilled the requirement of the European Union, insisted on the use of the universal connector in all smartphones sold in the Commonwealth. And, secondly, the USB-C could unify iPhone and iPad Pro, which is also equipped with this connector, emphasizing its versatility and professionalism.

iPhone USB C

This idea is so firmly sitting in the minds of Apple management that engineers were commissioned to build a prototype of the future iPhone with USB 12-C. As a result, if you believe the Fudge, the development team have had two exactly the same smartphone — one with USB-C and the other with Lightning — who in Cupertino could equally start in mass-production, preparing to enter the retail market. However, at some point, the project of a smartphone with USB-C decided to roll, continuing to use Lightning even in iPhone 2020-th year.

However, the iPhone 12 will be the last flagship Apple Lightning connector, emphasizes Fudge. A year later, in 2021-m, the company will abandon this standard, but not in favor of USB C, and in favor of the Smart Connector. The same connector is used in the iPad, allowing them to physically connect to external keyboards. He will be the only connector on the housing of the future smartphones of the company, allowing it to continue to move in the wireless future, the direction which she had taken in 2016, when he abandoned the 3.5 mm Jack.

Smart Connector for iPhone

Smart Connector can really be for Apple saving tool, marking a transitional stage between using wired and wireless technologies. To him will not have to connect the wires but it still will physically connect to external equipment that will come in handy, e.g. when using fast charging. After all, wireless charging station is unable to develop the same speed as a traditional memory, but the Smart Connector will be able to solve this problem.

And that’s how we “hang” with Smart Connector – the big question. On the one hand, Apple already has all the necessary attributes, in order to move to contactless technology. Headphones, charger, restore and update iOS over the air – all this allows us even now to abandon wires. But, on the other hand, many users for this transition is likely not finished, continuing to charge smartphones the old fashioned way and plug in wired headphones via the supplied adapter. So I would suggest that years 3 and 4 Smart Connector will last.