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Midweek news bites: iPhone SE 2 dead, but AirPower back alive?

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We don’t have time to write about every single piece of Apple news that comes our way, and you probably don’t have time to read it either. So each week we take the smaller stories from around the web – things that are interesting, but don’t warrant full articles – and bundle them into a bite-sized package for easy digestion.

Please dig into this week’s Apple bites, freshly sourced from all around the web. As ever, click through to read the full stories if you want to know more!

Concept iPhone SE 2

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that we’ll ever see an official follow-up to Apple’s budget iPhone SE handset – but that hasn’t stopped anyone talking about it. This slick unofficial design concept visualized a sequel to the littlest iPhone with the same size and form factor, but some of the design language and features as Apple’s newer devices – like a full-screen notched display and a glass back for wireless charging.

2019 iPhones to keep Lightning port

Contrary to recent rumors, the latest reports suggest that Apple will not be making the switch to USB-C with the next generation of iPhones, sticking instead with the tried-and-true Lightning connector. It’s also suggested Apple will continue bundling a weedy 5W wall adapter with its charging cable, relying instead on more powerful third-party adapters to provide faster charging speeds.

AirPower launching this Spring

Apple has been suspiciously silent about its wireless charging mat since it was first announced in 2017 – to the point that we thought the project had been canceled. Well, this new report alleges that Apple has finally mastered the art of cramming three distinct charging coils into a single device without causing interference or overheating. That means that the AirPower charger is almost ready to hit the market – and it’s expected to retail for a hefty $150.

Health records for veterans

Working in tandem with Veterans Affairs, Apple will soon start providing healthcare records to veterans in the US. Eligible patients will get “a single, integrated snapshot of their health profile including information on allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals” which can be viewed through the iOS Health app.