According to an analyst, Apple’s next-generation smartphone – the iPhone 15 series, is set to come with two different USB-C ports.
More specifically, the standard and Plus variants of the iPhone 15 series will have a regular USB-C port, which offers general speeds as the current Lightning connector. Whereas the Pro and Pro Max variants have an upgraded USB-C standard like USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 for even better speeds.
USB-C in New iPhones
With several governments forcing Apple to fit a USB-C port on all it’s devices, the company is hoping to perform accordingly with the iPhone 15 series. We’ve already seen that the latest iPad Pro has a USB-C port, while the iPhones and other iPads are about to have this soon.
Now, a renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will set two different USB-C ports for it’s iPhone 15 series, with the standard and Plus variants having a regular USB-C port and the Pro and Pro Max models having a USB-C 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 port.
我預測15 Pro & 15 Pro Max至少支援USB 3.2或Thunderbolt 3，此規格升級意味將顯著改善有線傳輸與影像輸出使用者體驗。此規格升級與新趨勢將帶動Apple生態對高速傳輸晶片的需求與競爭對手模仿 (目前幾乎所有Android手機僅支援USB 2.0)，並有利高速傳輸IC設計產業成長。
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
This strongly differentiates the premium iPhone 15 handsets (standard and Plus) from their ultra-premium (Pro and Pro Max) counterparts in terms of transfer speed. Whether Apple is forced to adopt the USB-C standard or do it on it’s own, it’s good for the consumers that a USB-C port is set on all the future iPhones to have easy charging options.
This is a big development for Apple, especially after using the Lightning connector for over a decade nearly. Apple ditched the 30-pin dock connector in 2012 for the same Lightning connector, which was a big leap at that time – especially when all the Android phones were using USB-B ports.
Moreover, the Lightning connector could be inserted in any direction to make it work. Now, advancing this move, Apple is all set to leverage the USB-C port for most of it’s future products.
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