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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


The Lightning port remained on this year's iPhone 12 series and the USB-C adoption that some had hoped for never happened. One of our favorite leakers tweeted a bunch of answers to a reader's question, including that USB-C won't be part of future iPhones forever.

Jon Prosser, who has been asked a number of questions, recently correctly predicted all of the iPhone 12 series' "launch event on the 13th, pre-orders open on the 16th, shipping on the 23rd." Recently, he also mentioned the rumor that the production of Apple's over-ear headphones, called AirPods Studio, has been delayed.

Prosser was asked if the iPhone 13 (Pro or whatever they call it) could ever adopt USB-C, a 120Hz refresh rate display, and screen-embedded Touch ID (or integration with the power button). In response, he replied that each of these items was "not happening (ever)," "happening," and "50/50" respectively.

When asked why USB-C won't being adopted, Prosser said, "They’re going portless (without an external charging port)," and he continued "There’s no reason to ask consumers to start using USBC for a year before full-portless," suggesting that Lightning will continue to be used on the iPhone 13 and the charging port will be removed from the following year's model.

The idea that future iPhones will move to portless instead of via USB-C has been claimed by Prosser for some time now. Another well-known leaker, @choco_bit, had predicted that it would go portless, i.e. with a smart connector similar to the iPad Pro.

The second, "120Hz screen in iPhone 13," is also predicted by display expert Ross Young as the "most important evolution" in the iPhone 13 Pro. There were rumors that the iPhone 12 Pro series also had a 120Hz screen, and even a leaked image of what was purported to be a settings screen, but it was dismissed in the final stages. However, Young, who guessed "not in iPhone 12," claims that it will be included in the iPhone 13, so we can expect to see it next year.

Finally, the inclusion of screen-embedded Touch ID was hinted at late last week by L0vetodream, a proven predictor of unannounced Apple products. Major media outlet Bloomberg also reported that it is being tested for the iPhone 12 and may be delayed to the 2021 model year, so it should be highly likely that research and development are underway within Apple.

However, there are examples of 120Hz screens, and Prosser may have understated the possibility as "50-50".

Source: Jon Prosser (Twitter)


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.