While it might be a bit premature to expect the next iPhone to incorporate solar cells, the flat back design would certainly make it easier to achieve. Let's not get too excited, though; patents are filed defensively as often as they indicate actual products in the pipeline. But at the very least, there's mounting evidence that in a few years your iPhone will be charged by the sun. [Patently Apple]
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Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tends to nail it when it comes to upcoming product predictions. As 2019 comes to a close he has released his latest report, which states that some iPhones will finally lose Lightning connectivity in 2021. In fact, they apparently won't have any ports at all.
I’m one hundred per cent in support of a future where screens are flexible and foldable instead of fragile and easily shatterable. I’m just not willing to spend $3,000 on a folding phone or $15,000+ on a rollable TV. I will, however, happily drop $3 or $4 on a plastic bottle with a glowing lightsaber on the label.