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.)
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.
(5/7) My latest survey indicates that all new 2H23 iPhones will ditch Lightning and switch to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro and 15 Pro Max) will support high-speed wired transfer, and both the standard ones (15 and 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 like Lightning.November 17, 2022
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.
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.
With the introduction of Dynamic Island and an always-on display, the iPhone 14 Pro is a step away from the slightly disappointing 14. And based on this news, it looks like Apple is planning to expand the gulf even further next year. Don’t want to wait? Check out today’s best iPhone 14 deals below.