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LEAK - Does the iPhone 15 have a new USB charging port?

8/11/2023 5:07:37 PM


New leaks and rumours are pouring out weekly as the iPhone 15 is set to launch in September. Recent leaks of multiple photos show that iPhone 15 will have a USB Type C charging port marking the end of its signature Lightning port era. This shift may likely annoy some iPhone users with the old charging cables; however, apple users will be able to use the same power adapter on their iPads, apple watches and other Apple accessories.

The Leaks

Leaked pictures of what people claim to be the USB-C connectors for the iPhone 15 series have been making their way across the internet. These images, shared by well-known leakers @lipilipsi and @John011235 (on X), display the connectors attached to flexible PCB assemblies. According to these leaks, these connectors seem to be designed for use in the iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Plus, and the standard iPhone 15.

John also shared additional pictures showcasing the internal components of the iPhone 15, along with images of a purported new charging cable for the device. This cable was reportedly available for purchase on a Chinese e-commerce platform.

Earlier, leaked footage of what appeared to be a non-functional iPhone 15 Pro model surfaced in April. This footage emerged on Douyin, the Chinese counterpart of the popular social media platform TikTok.

The dummy of the iPhone 15 Pro also revealed a USB-C charging port instead of the familiar Lightning port suggesting the iPhone 15 series will no longer have a lightning port.

Technical Insights

The shift to USB-C could be a groundbreaking change, but it's essential to recognise the distinctions within the iPhone 15 series. Speculations indicate that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models will incorporate USB 2.0 standard connectors, enabling data transfer rates of 480 Mbps and charging capabilities of up to 20W. In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max versions are anticipated to sport USB 3.2 connectors, delivering a notable speed enhancement not seen in iPhones since 2012.

However, Apple might impose certain limitations. Reports suggest that the company could restrict data transfer and charging speeds for USB-C cables and accessories that lack certification under its Made for iPhone (MFi) program.

Why the Shift?

There could be several potential reasons behind this shift. Apple has previously switched from the Lightning port to USB-C for its range of iPads. One significant reason is the alignment with industry trends and standards. USB-C has become a widely accepted standard across various devices and manufacturers due to its versatility, faster data transfer speeds, and ability to handle higher power delivery for more rapid charging.

Apple has already incorporated USB-C ports in other products like MacBooks and iPads, streamlining the user experience by reducing the need for different cables and adapters. This move could potentially enhance user convenience and interoperability across Apple's ecosystem.

Moreover, complying with regulatory requirements may also have been the reason. European Union regulations, for instance, advocate for standardised ports to reduce electronic waste and increase consumer convenience. By adopting USB Type-C, Apple could adhere to these regulations and ensure a smoother experience for its European customers.

Conclusion

All these rumours and speculations surrounding the iPhone 15 will finally be put to rest when Apple officially launches its device. While leaks and insider information provide intriguing insights into potential features and design changes, Apple's official announcement can only confirm the true nature of the iPhone 15. The anticipation for the launch has aroused curiosity in people to see which of these rumours are valid and how the actual product will compare to the circulated information. As technology enthusiasts and consumers eagerly await the unveiling, the official launch will provide the definitive answers to questions about the iPhone 15's features, design, and innovations.

Emma Aliesa

Hi there, I'm Emma! I'm a passionate writer, avid traveler, and a big foodie. When I'm not busy exploring new destinations or trying out new recipes in the kitchen, you'll find me curled up with a good book or binge-watching my favorite TV shows.

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