At least one Apple iPhone 13 model is expected to be unveiled later this year without a charging port. To prepare consumers for a portless iPhone, Apple shipped the IPhone 12 line not including a charging brick in the box. It also introduced the MagSafe line of accessories that connect to a compatible iPhone using a magnet. One of the MagSafe products is a charger with a USB-C connector on the end. This connects to a 20W USB-C power adapter available for an additional $ 19 from the Apple Store (physical and online). The MagSafe charger will cost you $ 39 or $ 3.25 a month for 12 months.
Apple works on a way for a portless iPhone user to recover lost files
Not having an opening in the phone could improve the water resistance, which is already outstanding on the iPhone 12 Pro series. But without a port, how will iPhone 13 users be affected to restore and recover their data in the event of a serious problem? Right now, users can plug in their Lightning cable and with a USB-B or USB-C plug at the other end, connect to their computer to restore or retrieve lost data. Apple Watch users in the same situation are forced to send the watch to Apple to find and install the lost data. This service is not free by the way.
Since the Apple Watch is an accessory that users can go a few days without, this is not a problem. But many people couldn’t do it without their smartphone for a few days, forcing Apple to create something new. Y According to Appleosophy, Apple has come up with a way that users can restore and retrieve data for their portless iPhone without having to send the device to Apple. This new new feature is called “Internet Recovery”. An iPhone user puts his device in “recovery mode” which activates an Internet Restore streaming function and adds the device to iTunes / Finder. Next, there will be messages that the user will follow to restore / recover their data. That is reportedly Apple’s first choice. The alternative would be for an iPhone to automatically enter “Internet Recovery” mode and send prompts for the user to follow.
Apple engineers also considered using Bluetooth to send the files an iPhone user needs. This would start out like the recovery methods mentioned above, but it would use Bluetooth to update the affected iPhone. But these signals were considered to be slower, less reliable and insecure. Using Bluetooth would also require syncing your iPhone to the Bluetooth signal through a PC / Mac and following the instructions.
Hardware engineers have tried to create wireless data access on the iPhone. The Apple Watch has a hidden port built into the area of the watch where the strap is attached. Apple uses it when a watch is sent to them to retrieve / restore a file. For the iPhone, Apple is said to be considering creating a hidden port at the back of the SIM card slot. The company will ultimately have to judge whether a software solution or a hardware solution is the best way to go. Again, things like speed, security, ease of use, and other factors will need to be considered.
Apple is reportedly testing these “internet recovery” methods, but speeds have been too slow so far. It’s only February and Apple may delay making some big decisions for this year’s iPhone models. And a couple of years ago, the company reportedly made a last-second decision not to include reverse wireless charging with that year’s models.
The interesting thing about the whole thing about the iPhone without a port is the time. Getting the charger out of the box, inserting the MagSafe line were all prerequisites and when you look at it this way, the odds of Apple running out of port this year are better than you bargained for.