Some media outlets report that the 2021 iPhone line will receive minor changes, so the next smartphone model will be called iPhone 12S.
This is related to the coronavirus pandemic that has complicated the product development process and forced Apple to shift some of the work to engineers in China.
One of the upcoming changes that the Cupertino company plans to implement is to ditch the Lightning connector in favor of a full transition to wireless charging technology. This decision will allow the tech giant to promote its MagSafe Charger, a charging system for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 mini.
However, this decision is not final. Earlier, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the charging port would be removed only from the 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max in 2021.
Another possible change in the iPhone lineup this year is the return of Touch ID. It was removed after the introduction of Face ID in 2017. However, both technologies will coexist with each other in the new Apple smartphones. One of the reasons for re-introducing this feature is the widespread requirement to wear face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Users usually have to remove their masks to unlock the iPhone via Face ID.
Most likely, Touch ID will be built into the screen. The component supplier is Qualcomm, which recently announced a much larger sensor.
These are the major anticipated changes coming to the iPhone lineup in 2021. Earlier it was reported that Apple had begun work on a smartphone with a foldable display. However, it will not be released in the next few years.
With the iPhone 12 lineup release, the company also abandoned a power adapter and a pair of EarPods in the box, leaving only a USB-C to Lightning cable.