With the release of new iPhones just around the corner, there has been much speculation about the inclusion of USB-C ports instead of the traditional Lightning ports. However, recent reports suggest that there may be speed differences across the upcoming iPhone 15 lineup.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the USB-C ports on the higher-end iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models are expected to support either USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 specifications, which would allow for data transfer speeds of up to 20 or 40 Gbps. On the other hand, the USB-C ports on the lower-end iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are said to be limited to USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480 Mbps, the same speed as the Lightning ports on current iPhones.
This news raises questions about the potential for faster data transfer between iPhones and other devices. Currently, all current-generation iPad and Mac models already come with USB-C ports, but with varying speeds. For example, all current Mac models and the iPad Pro (2021 and 2022) support Thunderbolt, which offers speeds of up to 40 Gbps. Other iPad models, such as the iPad Pro (2018 and 2020) and the iPad Air (2020), offer USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
The rumored speeds for the iPhone 15 lineup, as mentioned earlier, suggest that the higher-end models will have significantly faster data transfer capabilities compared to the lower-end models. This would allow for quicker export of photos and other files from the iPhone to a Mac or other devices.
It is worth noting that while Apple is rumored to include a new braided USB-C cable with all iPhone 15 models, this cable may still be limited to USB 2.0 speeds. This means that customers purchasing the higher-end iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max models would need to purchase a higher-spec cable separately in order to take advantage of the faster data transfer speeds.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 15 series at an event rumored to be planned for Tuesday, September 12. While the company has not yet made an official announcement regarding the event, it is likely that invites will be sent out in the coming weeks.
In conclusion, while the upcoming iPhone 15 models are expected to feature USB-C ports, it seems that there will be speed differences across the lineup. Higher-end models are rumored to offer faster data transfer speeds, while lower-end models will likely be limited to USB 2.0 speeds. This information should be taken into account by customers who rely on fast data transfer capabilities when considering which iPhone 15 model to purchase.