Published: August 09, 2023
In a major shift, Apple’s iPhone 15 lineup is expected to incorporate USB-C ports this fall. The first glimpse into this development comes from leaked images of the USB-C ports connected to flexible PCB assemblies, shared by Twitter user @lipilipsi. The images reportedly reveal the connectors for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Plus, and the standard iPhone 15.
As per past speculations, the mainstream iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are predicted to feature USB 2.0 standard connectors. These are touted to provide data transmission capabilities similar to the existing Lightning port, with 480 Mbps data transfer speeds and charging rates up to 20W.
However, the more advanced iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max variants are set to receive USB 3.2 connectors, marking the first significant speed enhancement on the iPhone since 2012. This shift would substantially bolster data transfer operations, offering superior speeds suited to the devices’ high-end specifications.
In parallel, Apple is also reported to cap data transfer and charging speeds on USB-C cables and accessories that are not part of its proprietary Made for iPhone (MFi) program. Details about how this would impact consumer experience remain to be seen.
While official confirmation is pending, rumors suggest Apple will be unveiling its iPhone 15 series during a keynote event scheduled for September 13. As always, the tech giant is expected to pull out all the stops to ensure the newest additions to its iconic iPhone lineup are a cut above the rest.