As the anticipation for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 event builds, so does the excitement around the rumored transition from Lightning to USB-C. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro have been at the center of speculations regarding this shift for some time, and now, with fresh leaks emerging, we’re gaining more insights into the changes Apple might introduce.
Recent reports indicated that the iPhone 15 series will come with new USB-C cables, a noteworthy departure from the traditional Lightning cables. However, it’s been revealed that the transfer speeds for these new cables will be limited to USB 2.0 rates. The type-C cables are also expected to come color-matched and braided, enhancing both aesthetics and durability.
Faster USB-C cable for the iPhone 15 Pro at an additional cost
A new leak, courtesy of renowned tipster Kosutami, posted on X (formally Twitter) , has taken the rumor mill by storm. According to the leak, Apple might offer a USB-C data transfer cable designed for the iPhone 15 Pro. This optional cable is rumored to be capable of Thunderbolt or USB4 speeds, potentially reaching an impressive 40Gbps. Notably, the cable’s length is anticipated to be 0.8 meters, and it’s said to support charging speeds of up to 120W.
Data transferring cable for iPhone 15 Pro- which sold separately. Up to 120W Charge, features USB4 Gen2. Length 0.8m.(Different than existing thunderbolt one)
(Already got this since feb)(DVT Sample)#Apple #appleinternal pic.twitter.com/M5genGQ2NK
— Kosutami (@KosutamiSan) August 25, 2023
If this leak holds true, the availability of a high-speed data transfer cable could mark a significant development for Apple’s lineup. However, true to Apple’s approach, the cable is expected to be sold separately, adding an extra layer of customization and cost to the user experience. This move might raise eyebrows, particularly considering that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max (Ultra) have the capability to achieve speeds surpassing those of the included cable.
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With the transition from the Lightning port to USB-C, the iPhone 15 series is already anticipated to offer improved charging speeds. This change could potentially lead to charging speeds exceeding the maximum 27W found in the iPhone 14 Pro, reaching levels of up to 35W.
However, the rumored improvements in charging speed are accompanied by a reported increase in the prices of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro. If the price hikes materialize, consumers might reasonably expect to receive the best charging cable for their investment. Nevertheless, it appears Apple may have different plans.
While it’s arguable that not all users would require a high-power cable, the inclusion of an advanced USB-C cable in the box could ensure that all users maximize the potential of the new port. Apple’s decision to withhold this premium cable echoes a similar choice made when fast charging was first introduced in 2017.