Apple is developing "long distance" wireless charging, according to a report from TechCrunch today. This report comes just a few weeks after everyone freaked out over a rumor that Apple was going to remove the headphone jack. The use of wireless charging would seemingly allow Apple to remove all ports from the phone. However, TechCrunch says this form of wireless charging will likely not show up until at least 2017.
Wireless charging's been around for a while, and there have been a few examples of long-range wireless charging working. Like this German student who thought he was John Galt until it became apparent his device basically "steals" power. (Though it's somewhat up for debate how much power the device takes that would have made it into the electrical grid.)
But as an ultra-progressive tech consumer, I'm all for removing both ports. CDs did not go away (entirely) until Apple removed the optical drives from its MacBook Pro line, and the cold turkey switch from the 30-pin connector to the Lightning Connector was a beautiful thing and relatively painless.
Apple is well-positioned to pull off a feat of this magnitude and release an iPhone 7s or 8 without any ports at all since it owns half the U.S. market. Wi-Fi transfers are plenty fast, and if you don't have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you can buy them for less than a pair of Apple's "ear pods" here.
The only thing stopping the tech giant might be investors worried it will stunt growth. It might, but I think there's a good chance the long term effects of the increased battery and storage capacity would make up the difference.