Based on the latest reports, the iPhone 15 will be the one to finally ditch the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. Although USB-C has become an industry standard, Apple still plans to limit it somewhat on the iPhone. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported Monday that the USB-C port will enable faster charging speeds for the iPhone 15, but only with certified cables.
iPhone 15 is set to get USB-C, but with limitations
According to Kuo, Apple will optimize the performance of USB-C fast charging on iPhone 15 models. Currently, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 support up to 20W maximum charging speed, while Pro models support up to 27W. This means users can charge their iPhones faster, but only if they have the right charger.
The company no longer ships the iPhone with the included power adapter, requiring users to buy a new one if they don’t already have a compatible charger at home. The company’s cheapest option is the 20W USB-C adapter, but Apple also has a 30W adapter that costs $39.
But there is still a catch. Kuo claims that the faster charging speeds only work with Apple-certified USB-C cables. Even if you have a compatible plug adapter, it may not be able to deliver its full performance to the iPhone without the correct cable.
Earlier this year, leaker ShrimpApplePro reported that Apple would offer MFi (Made for iPhone) certification for USB-C accessories. The leaker also said that cables without MFi certification will have limited charging speeds. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t use USB-C cables with your iPhone 15. They just don’t get the full performance.
Another report from Kuo pointed out that while the entire iPhone 15 range will get the USB-C connector, only the Pro models will support USB 3.2 for faster data transfer speeds. The regular iPhone 15 models continue with slower USB 2.0. A similar thing happened with the iPad, as the iPad 10 has a USB-C port, but at 2.0 speeds.
In a related note, Kuo mentioned that Apple is expected to increase shipments of its 20W USB-C power adapter by up to 120% with the launch of the iPhone 15, as many users still using legacy chargers will be forced to to buy a new one with USB-C connector.
More on the iPhone 15
iPhone 15 models will have a new design with slightly curved edges, while the camera hump will be larger and the display bezels will be thinner. Apple will keep the same four sizes from the current iPhone 14 range for the new models. However, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will drop the notch in favor of Dynamic Island.
Some other changes include new unified volume buttons and a periscope lens for the 15 Pro models. The new iPhones are expected to be announced by Apple in September.
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