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Why go Port-less? Advantages? Simply a money grab...

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Why go Port-less? Advantages? Simply a money grab...

We all know it's coming. It's been rumoured for a year now and we basically got a teaser with the iPhone 12, sort of by releasing MagSafe "wireless" charger. Another way to make even more money.

IMO it goes back to their (last I heard) $8 Billion in sales with beats/AirPods. I get there are cheaper alternatives but all you have to do is look around, how many are rocking AirPods (and Apple Watches) with their iPhones. Does Apple even still sell those Lightning Cable EarPods?

If this isn't the case, why make the next iPhone (13) port-less?

I always say, it's business but sometimes it's too much. It's not like they are giving out MagSafe Chargers for those who pre-order like how Samsung does with their flagships. I still have my free Fast Wireless Charger from Samsung.
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Convince folks this is what they need, and if needed, tell them that it's good for the environment, then make a ton of money.
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port-less for better waterproof
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Nothing stops iPhone users from using other bluetooth headphones or Qi compatible chargers. It's the same deal with not including a charger. Any USB-C charger will work.

On the other hand, ditching the lightning port means losing out on all the lightning related royalties.
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Still curious how you’ll do a DFU restore without a cable. Unless there ends up being some kind of data connection with Magsafe next year, it might be tricky.

But yes, it really is about money, and Apple knows their customers will gladly fork out whatever they need to. They’ve gotten away with it with the headphones, they’re getting away with it for the charger now, and I don’t see things changing unless people actually did stop buying iPhones.

Also, before anyone says it, I fell right into their trap this year........
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Create a problem and charge your consumers for the solution. Its the Apple way !
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No ports is a bad idea in my opinion. In addition to DFU, what happens if the wireless charger or induction coil in the phone fails?

One less port also means less accessories to buy and that is bad for sales. Face With Tears Of Joy
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batcave wrote: No ports is a bad idea in my opinion. In addition to DFU, what happens if the wireless charger or induction coil in the phone fails?

One less port also means less accessories to buy and that is bad for sales. Face With Tears Of Joy
Well, the same argument goes for what if the charging port fails- which I’d think would be more likely with cables being plugged and unplugged from them every day.
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Wireless charging is not as efficient as wired. That alone puts me off.

Wired charging at worse is 50% efficient, at best 80%. You lose the rest to heat

Wireless charging is probably closer to 30% efficient and 60% best case. Electricity cost the same in both cases. Why would I pay more in electricity to use wireless charging?
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Like you’re going to notice a difference in your electricity bill by going with wired charging vs wireless......
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Devhux wrote:
Well, the same argument goes for what if the charging port fails- which I’d think would be more likely with cables being plugged and unplugged from them every day.
It is very unlikely that both charging port and wireless induction coil fail at the same time.

There is also a speed difference in charging. If I need to change faster, I will plug in the cable to the phone. Overnight is fine charging wirelessly. Having both options is a good thing.
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Keigotw wrote: port-less for better waterproof
yes, but seems kinda silly. the phone is already pretty water resistant. an electronic will never be fully waterproof. seals degrade over time.

i'd rather they increase the thickness (more battery) and leave the port. whether it's lightning or USB-C, i dont care, but portless is stupid in my eyes
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Exactly.

The only time I really took advantage of the IP rating was to show it off. That was a few years ago when it first came out.

Like their environmental BS argument removing the chargers.
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bembol wrote: Exactly.

The only time I really took advantage of the IP rating was to show it off. That was a few years ago when it first came out.

Like their environmental BS argument removing the chargers.
I do wonder how many people used the included charge and headphones. I don't think I ever used any of the headphones and stopped using the chargers as got those usb power hubs. Would be nice if they did something like heres the phone with headphones/charger and a discount without it.

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