According to a new patent that was just awarded to Apple, iPhones and iPads of the future might also feature magnetic chargers of their own. The handset would not feature a Lightning port for battery charging and data transfer, which is what Lightning does on all iPhones and most iPads.
The US Patent & Trademark Office this week granted Apple a patent for a new magnetic connector capable of transmitting power to the iPhone. This comes after rumors that Apple is considering removing the Lightning port from its smartphones in the future.
The patent shows a new type of connector that can be somewhat compared to the iPad’s Smart Connector and even the MagSafe from older MacBooks. Based on the illustrations, this connector would replace the Lightning port as a new way to recharge the iPhone.