It already looks like the iPhone 15 Pro will destroy the iPhone 15

The iPhone has been rumored to be getting a USB-C port for 20 years, but it’s very likely that it will finally happen next year. Thanks to new EU laws, Apple is forced to switch to a universal charging port. But if new rumors are to be believed, the change might not be as simple as thought.

According to Apple leakers, while each iPhone 15 model will likely ditch Lightning for USB-C, port capacities won’t be the same across all 4 iPhones. Instead, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will be the only models to support high-speed data transfers. (Are you on the hunt for new gear? Check out our live blog on Apple Black Friday deals.)

A fan-made render of the iPhone 15 Pro (Image credit: Matt Talks Tech)

Everyone’s favorite Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed (below) that new iPhones will “all ditch” Lightning in favor of USB-C next year, which can only be a good news for creatives. The Lightning cable is over 10 years old, and with the iPad, MacBook, and most third-party accessories moving to USB-C, the iPhone is being left behind.

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But while the connection itself will change on all models, it looks like Apple plans to differentiate the Pro from the less Pro again in 2023. Kuo says only the iPhone 15 Pro will support “data transfer to high-speed” thanks to USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3, while the standard 15 will feature USB 2.0 technology, offering no improvement over Lightning. Pleasant.

Apple Lightning cable

The Lightning Connection is over a decade old (Image credit: David Talukdar via Getty Images)

For digital artists, that means Pro will likely be the way to go. Transferring large files is often an integral part of creating, and those increased speeds could be a huge bonus. But they’ll likely come at a price, especially if the highest-end iPhone goes titanium, as they say.

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