The “iPhone 7,” as it’s currently being called, is still circulating the Rumor Mill right now, months before Apple gets around to announcing the features it will actually boast.
As a result, a little back-and-forth is always part of the game. This time around, the rumors are focused on the Smart Connector, which, up until this point, was supposedly going to be a major feature of the upcoming flagship from Apple. However, a new report suggests that if Apple was ever actually considering it, they no longer are.
The report comes from Mac Otakara, and states that at some point in the past Apple was indeed considering the Smart Connector, but is no longer doing so. There’s no surprise here insofar that Apple considers all types of different devices with differing features along a product’s development cycle, and it’s not a surprise that one feature got the boot (and probably many others). However, it’s worth noting that the original rumors regarding the iPhone 7 getting a Smart Connector weren’t on the most solid of ground anyway, so it’s also just as likely that Apple was never considering a Smart Connector for the next flagship.
The Smart Connector, for those who need a refresher, is a port that Apple initially introduced with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and, eventually, brought to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro as well. The connector makes it possible to transfer both data and power at the same time to connected accessories. On the iPad Pro there are keyboard accessories that take advantage of this feature. On an iPhone, though, it’s not entirely clear what a Smart Connector would be utilized for.
Theories have suggested iPhone cases and a potential solution for wireless charging, but, as it stands right now, and if this rumor pans out, we all may have to wait a bit longer to find out what Apple could do with a Smart Connector on an iPhone.
The iPhone 7 is rumored to feature some noteworthy additions, including a waterproof design, new stereo speakers, no 3.5mm headphone jack (or maybe it will!), and the “iPhone 7 Plus” is rumored to feature a dual-camera system on the back.[via Mac Otakara]