One of the nuggets of change users will see in the iPhone 15 lineup over the next year is Apple’s move from Lightning to USB-C ports for charging. Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned Apple analyst, is now reporting that this will result in a significant increase in wired transfer speeds for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Apple has confirmed that it plans to match the new USB-C regulations. However, it hasn’t been specified if the iPhone 15 will be the first model to make the switch. Given that the European Union recently voted to pass a resolution for tech companies to use Type-C ports for charging, and so on India is ready to adopt the same standardit is expected that Apple will also switch soon.
Kuo also says Apple’s plans to move to USB-C are progressing as expected, based on its latest supply chain surveys. However, while the entire lineup, the iPhone 15, iPhone Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, will transition to USB-C, only the two higher-end devices will see an improvement in transfer speeds.
Kuo says the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will have the same USB 2.0 transfer speeds we’re seeing from the Lightning port. This means that the data transfer speed is limited to 480 Mbit/s.
Kuo also said. “This specification upgrade and new trend will drive the Apple ecosystem’s demand for high-speed transmission chips and imitation by competitors (almost all Android phones currently only support USB 2.0), and it is also conducive to the growth of high-speed Transmission IC Designs Industry.”
This is in line with Apple’s strategy of keeping a few key differences between the Pro and non-Pro models. Kuo also reports that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max offers “at least USB-C 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3” data transfer speeds. USB-C 3.2 could improve data transfer speeds up to 20 Gbps, while Thunderbolt 3 would boost it even further to 40 Gbps.
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