A Smart Connector has been one of many gossiped features for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but a new report from the Japanese Blog Mac Otakara suggests Apple has decided not to include a Smart Connector on the upcoming iPhone series.

Firstly introduced with the iPad Pro, Smart Connector is a new type of port, designed to transfer both data and power between the iPad Pro and accessories like the Smart Keyboard. It’s never been clear what  a Smart Connector could do on an iPhone, but speculation ranged from battery cases to wireless charging.

Hints that a Smart Connector would be included on the upcoming devices first surfaced in an image, that was said to be of the iPhone 7 Plus. It´s still not sure whether that image depicts an actual iPhone 7, a mockup based on design ideas or simply a fake device. A Smart Connector was also depicted in design drawings created by Mac Fan, but those drawings are often largely based on circulating gossip.

Mac Otakara suggests Apple decided to shelve the Smart Connector after considering it as an included feature, but given the questionable nature of the original rumor, it’s possible a Smart Connector was never planned for the device. Rumors about the iPhone 7 are still uncertain with a lot of conflicting information surfacing, so the final design and features of the device still continue to be up in the air.

Rumors have invalidated features like waterproofing, the removal of the headphone jack, the diameter of the iPhone 7, stereo speakers, whether the camera will protrude, etc. but it’s definetly a clearer picture of the iPhone 7, which will emerge in the months coming up to its expected release in September this year.

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