Apple reportedly won't go portless with any iPhone 13, despite rumors

Iphone 13 Render
Iphone 13 Render (Image credit: EverythingApplePro)

What you need to know

  • YouTuber EverythingApplePro and leaker Max Weinbach say Apple won't go portless with any iPhone this year.
  • This comes after leaker Jon Prosser suggested at least one iPhone will ship without a Lightning port.

A new YouTube video by EverythingApplePro claims that Apple will not ditch the Lightning connector on this year's iPhone 13. That despite claims by the recently eyebrow-less Jon Prosser that one iPhone would be portless this time around.

Citing leaker Max Weinbach, EverythingApplePro confirms much of what we've been hearing elsewhere including the use of a smaller notch and a 120Hz display. An always-on screen thanks to the use of LPTO tech is also claimed, but it's the Lightning port that is most interesting here.

Here's what Jon Prosser said towards the end of last year:

Now contrast that with EverythingApplePro's video. The interesting parts start around the seven-minute mark.

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So there we have it. Specifically mentioning that the Lightning port won't be ditched "even on one iPhone" suggests something might have changed in recent months. Apple does tend to run with multiple prototypes in the works as it begins to lock in features and designs for a new product. Could Apple have simply decided that it wasn't ready to go portless?

Maybe that wireless restore functionality isn't quite up to snuff just yet.

Regardless of what happens in or around September, Apple still has the best iPhone it ever made available right now.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.