IPHONE 14 MAY BE OUT OF DOORS
Good morning dear readers of Tecnogalaxy, today we will talk about the iPhone 14 that could eliminate all ports.
We’ve seen rumors for the portless iPhone for years, but we haven’t seen any solid evidence to justify them. But in the last period the trials have begun to increase.
Before I start discussing the more recent ones, I would like to go back to one of the first ones in 2020, in a Ming Chi Kuo post that states: “We should expect at least one iPhone model in 2021 to have no ports,” which obviously did not happen.
Therefore, Kuo has cooled down on those rumors, saying that if the iPhone abandons this idea, in the future it could directly adopt the Portless design. But at the moment, the magsafe ecosystem is not mature enough to fully support all devices in the Apple ecosystem.
However, since the launch of the Gen 3 Pro airpods with wireless charging, the ecosystem has changed completely. So we can say that Apple will use the magsafe disk to become completely portless; but how will the iPhone transfer data from one device to another without a dedicated port?
Why does Apple want to switch to a phone portless?
It’s a stupid answer, obviously for better water resistance. The door of the Lightning exposes the metal components to water and, if by chance, the water is salty, you can safely say goodbye to your expensive iPhone. The salt begins to corrode the metal, which can lead to the Lightning door to stop working if left long enough. Also, removing the door may increase the space to insert a larger battery inside the phone. And as always, this forces iPhone users to switch to wireless headphones like airpods. This would eventually increase airpods sales.
Therefore, removing the door would greatly accelerate the growth of the magsafe ecosystem as everyone will be forced to use it as the only means of charging. Overall, switching to portless would be of great benefit to Apple, as it would have a major impact and most likely increase the profits of all its products.
DATA TRANSFER VIA MAGSAFE?
It all starts with a single patent that Apple filed in 2017, showing a wireless charging system that uses magnets to align a disk that will wirelessly load another device using inductive charging coils. These charging coils attach to the iPhone and airpod coils for wireless charging.
In the patent, Apple shows an external charging and a data disk that attaches magnetically to the back of the iPhone, which shows that magsafe is capable of transferring this type of data.
In addition, there will be 2 optical data transfer modules, one blocked in the iPhone and one in the magsafe. Therefore the data will flow into the disk and will be transmitted to the iPhone using ultraviolet light (invisible to the naked eye) and will flow into a computer.
The amazing part is that Apple had already thought about it years ago and maybe was just waiting to place the optical transfer module in the iPhones, when their magsafe ecosystem will be greatly advanced.
This ultraviolet light will flow through the translucent cover of the disk and transfer data at crazy speeds. Almost 45 Gigabit/second. In fact, this is faster than the current bandwidth speed of 40 Gb/s of the Thunderbolt 4 cable.
This would essentially mean complete backups from iPhone to Mac in a couple of minutes, as the storage space is limited by the SSD’s write and read speeds. And… even transfer up to 150 Gb of prores files from an iPhone in less than a minute!
In addition to this the second generation magsafe is capable of this data transfer, so you probably won’t have to buy a new one to try the feature when it launches.
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