It has been barely a day since Samsung surprised the world with the Galaxy Z Flip, the popular folding phone that makes minimalism its main asset, and contemplating its design enthralled, there was something that was out of place: the charging port. The device follows the trends of the market and eliminates the audio jack, but in a chassis as minimal as we have left over the USB-C connector and the question is required Is it really necessary to have a charging port?
Those of us who have used phones with wireless charging for a long time, we know that cables are not necessary and in fact, in my case, I don't remember when it was the last time I charged my iPhone using a cable. The wireless charging technology allows you to completely forget about the cables and this phrase is not figurative: even when I travel, I take the Qi charging base that I use interchangeably to power both the iPhone and the AirPods. If this is so, why then keep the ports on the phones?
The key is the battery life
The connectors on a telephone are essential when the device has a fast charging system and its battery does not reach the day; In that case I know that it is important to ensure that all the flow reaches the battery in the short time we have in a meeting or waiting for the plane at the terminal. But this fact is no longer necessary when the phone offers a battery life of more than one day, as is the case in recent years. flagship from Samsung or Apple, among others.
The port is also necessary when you want to synchronize or support the phone content on a computer, but Apple is still linked to the mantra of the post-PC era in which your mobile devices can already be used without having a computer nearby. Whoever has an iPhone knows that wireless backups in the cloud via iCloud work perfectly and without the user having to do anything, beyond charging the iPhone while it is connected to a WiFi network.
Neither USB-C nor Lightning, the immediate future could be wireless
From the manufacturer's point of view, eliminating a port in a telephone means a considerable saving in terms of cost, but above all it releases a valuable space that can be used to add some module or make the phone more compact. Apple proved that this was true by removing the audio jack from its iPhone and iPad, and it seems that the next victim will be the Lightning port. The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is rarely wrong in his predictions of what Cupertino's will present, and argues that in 2021 we could see an iPhone without ports.
According to the analyst, Apple will reserve this iPhone without any type of connectors for the most premium model in the range that will be presented at the end of 2021. Kuo speaks of a completely wireless experience that sounds frankly good and that, on the other hand, will help only to reduce the costs of manufacturing, transport and packaging (it will not be necessary to incorporate a charger in the box), but also reduce potential waste, one of the main demands of government agencies.
As you know, the European Union aims to standardize the charging ports into one, the USB-C, forcing Apple to eliminate the use of the proprietary Lightning connector on devices sold in the markets of the union. This is intended to reduce waste and contribute somewhat to the conservation of the environment. Those of Tim Cook have rejected at all times the intentions of the community body in arguing that this decision will reduce competitiveness since no manufacturer will have a stimulus for better charging and communication port. And seen like this, they have no reason.
But the EU will not have much to say if Apple were one step further and not only terminated with the Lightning connector, but, incidentally, will eliminate any port on the device trusting all the connection to WiFi and Qi Madness? Not so much, and maybe sooner than we think, cables and chargers will be a rmora of the past.
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