iPhone 15: USB-C 3.2 reserved for Pro versions

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The iPhone 14 Plus is still equipped with a Lightning port.

The iPhone 14 Plus is still equipped with a Lightning port.

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Knowing that the separation strategy between the Standard and Pro versions is very effective, the Cupertino company intends to continue to offer very different models within its range. And it can use this new USB Type-C port to further differentiate its next mobile phones.

At least, that’s what Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, thinks. On his Twitter account, he first confirms the abandonment of Yıldırım port for 2023, which is clearly not a surprise given the efforts of the European Commission to force him to do so.

On the other hand, he believes that not all new generation smartphones will have the same right to connect. It says that only the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will have USB-C 3.2. They may even be Thunderbolt 3 compliant, bringing them a little closer to Macs.

It is recalled that this standard allows reaching a maximum speed of 40 Gb/s, which enables ultra-fast transfers. For example, it is ideal for videographers.

Is the standard model lagging behind?

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will make do with slower USB-C 2.0 ports. USB-C 2.0 (480 Mb/s) is an unsettling choice, given that its theoretical speeds are similar to those offered by Lightning. Apart from compliance with the European Union, the advantage will remain quite limited from a purely technical point of view.

The latest iPad 10 has switched to USB-C.

The latest iPad 10 has switched to USB-C.

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That’s what the brand did with the latest iPad 10, whose new USB-C connection isn’t really any better than Lightning. Of course, it is possible to use external monitors, but they cannot exceed 30 Hz in 4K or 60 Hz in Full HD. Apple’s other slates have also switched to USB-C, but benefit from better speeds.

While this decision may seem relevant from a number of strategic points of view, it risks losing interest in standard iPhone models. The example of the iPhone 14, which looks a lot like its predecessor and causes much less enthusiasm than its older cousins, goes in this direction.

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