The Smart Connector, in theory, is a good idea. It’s a combination data port, power cable, and connector for devices that does pretty much everything you’d want a port to do, albeit all at the same time. It’s one of the key parts of Apple’s new line of iPad Pro. However, it may not hit everything in the upcoming generation of consumer electronics and gadgets. Apple may not be putting its new Smart Connector on the iPhone 7.
Why wouldn’t Apple put it on the iPhone 7? Well, it could be an issue of space. It could be an issue with battery position. It could be an issue with Apple’s other plan to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack for some sort of Lightning audio port. Maybe they just want to hold off until they roll out the iPhone 8. Maybe it’ll make the cut after all.
Either way, Apple is looking to shake things up. Last quarter was the first quarter where Apple’s iPhone sales dropped, and Apple reported its first revenue decline in 13 years.