Apple seems to be continuing with its strategy of differentiating between “classic” iPhones and iPhone Pros. And we just learned this morning that the switch to USB type C ports will be an opportunity to accentuate the points that separate the two parts of the range. Indeed, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports: “According to my latest survey, all new iPhones launched in the 2nd half of 2023 will ditch the Lightning port in favor of a USB Type-C port.”
But add immediately afterwards: “only the two most premium variants (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) will support increased wired transfer speed, while the two standard models (15 & 15 Plus) will remain on the USB 2.0 standard which was already the supported by the Lightning connector”.
The difference between iPhone 15 and 15 Pro should increase
Ming Chi-Kuo adds that the Pro models will support at least USB 3.2 and Thunderbolt 3 standards, allowing particularly high transfer speeds, up to 40 Gbps. Videographers recording ProRes video on their iPhones and other users should appreciate the increased bandwidth.
The switch to USB-C ports follows a new European decision that requires all smartphone manufacturers to use the same standard of cables and chargers, namely USB Type-C connectors. The text gives Apple until 2024 to comply with this new requirement.
An executive from the firm also confirmed that Apple would comply with the decision before this deadline, which seemed to prefigure the arrival of USB type C ports from the iPhone 16 or even iPhone 15 generation. However, clues are now accumulating around arrival of the new standard from the next generation of iPhone in 2023.
Apple has long opposed a single charging port standard in smartphones while promoting USB Type-C technology in other products like Macs. The Lightning connector appeared in 2012, long before the USB-C port, and has served as the single connector across the entire Apple product ecosystem ever since.
It has similarities with the new standard like its reversible design. However, Apple has made little progress in the technology and protocols that these cables could carry. The interest of the new connectors is therefore what the latest iterations of the standard make possible, in particular ultra-fast charging
All USB cables are theoretically capable of carrying an electrical current of 3A allowing up to 60W minimum. But better cables are cables up to 5A allowing fast charging systems up to 100W, or even beyond with proprietary technologies.
In addition, USB type C cables make it possible to pass more or less transfer protocols depending on the implementation.
My latest survey indicates all 2H23 new iPhones will abandon Lightning and change to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) will support the wired high-speed transfer, and the two standard ones (15 & 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 same as Lightning.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022