A new leak suggests that the Apple iPhone 15 family, from the base model through the rumored iPhone 15 Ultra device, will use USB-C instead of Apple’s Lightning connector – with one important difference between the high-end and low-end models.
A long-rumored and anticipated change coming to the iPhone is a USB-C port, which could be mandated by European Union legislation in the near future, coming into effect by 2024.
But additional upgrades make the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra use a full Thunderbolt 4 port, which has much more bandwidth for faster data transfers and sharper graphical output.
Leak comes from a subscription-based newsletter hosted by Twitter Leak LeaksApplePro (opens in new tab)A source with a relatively decent track record of upcoming phone tips
Leaker correctly suggests that recording high-resolution video, even using Apple’s efficient ProRES format, produces files that are prohibitively large to transfer over an aging connection like Lightning. A 15-minute, 4K-resolution video file will take about 40 minutes to transfer from your iPhone to your laptop.
Apple hasn’t significantly upgraded Lightning since its launch, and now that phones need more bandwidth for the huge video files they create, it makes sense for Apple to use something better — especially since the iPad Pro and Air use the same method. model
A wide division
In addition to the new data connection, the leak also says that Apple will continue its pattern of using this year’s new Bionic chips only in Pro-level iPhones and better.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra are rumored to power the A17 Bionic chipset, suggesting that Apple feels secure in its position as the leader in chip performance and will instead focus on power efficiency.
The new chips are expected to be 20% more power efficient than the current A16 Bionic.
Finally, all new iPhones are expected to feature the Dynamic Island hole-punch feature, and this seems like a necessary move if Apple hopes to survive the Dynamic Island as an interface concept.
If only half of iPhone buyers can use Dynamic Island in terms of wallet size, it’s essentially an island unto itself, and very few third-party developers will support it.
There’s no word on whether the lower-priced iPhones will get the LPTO features that give the iPhone 14 Pro an always-on display. Other recent rumors have also suggested that every iPhone will get a Dynamic Island, but Apple won’t be able to source enough panels with LPTO capability to bring always-on display features to every iPhone 15 model.
Analysis: USB-C is a lot more exciting than it sounds
We’ve been anticipating Apple’s iPhone adoption of USB-C for some time, especially since the European Union has ruled against the company’s proprietary port.
Of course we’d love a universal standard, but opening up the iPhone to USB-C will kick-start the accessory market again, and this time in a more powerful way.
There are already plenty of proven USB-C accessories on the market as every other major smartphone and tablet manufacturer, even Apple’s own iPad Pro tablet, uses USB-C.
When Apple puts USB-C on an iPhone, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel from an old 30-pin connection to a new smaller port, like the switch from the original iPod connector to Apple Lightning.
This would be Apple finally allowing its devices to join a mature community, with a surprising possibility that it might enable USB-C and especially Thunderbolt.