Apple must take a knee to the EU. Therefore, the company is required to equip future phones, such as the iPhone 15, with a USB-C port. But a new persistent rumor is that the device will have low speed because of the included cable. Why?
Everyone with an iPhone knows the problem: the hassle with connectors. First we had the 30-pin cable, then Lightning and now, in the future finally USB-C (not mandatory until 2025, by the way). But there is a kink in the cable.
Will Apple’s iPhone 15 cable be slow?
Indeed, a persistent rumor is now circulating that the USB-C cable that Apple (presumably) ships with is not exactly offering the speed you would expect from an extremely expensive device. According to researcher Majin Bu, the standard cable offers no more speed than USB 2.0.
According to Bu, there is some good news to report, though. For example, the included iPhone 15 cable is said to be 1.6 meters long. And that’s already a breath of fresh air. Also, presumably, the cables will be color matched to the device you purchase.
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New iPhone 15 USB C Cable Info Confirmed
Thicker and more resistant
USB 2.0 20V3A
No MFI pic.twitter.com/WV4unodWPg
– Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) August 23, 2023
That’s all well and good, but who cares what color the cable is if the speed for data transfer and charging is limited? As for that first thing, if that cable maintains USB 2.0 speeds, then the maximum speed is 480 Mbps.
According to another source, ChargerLAB, a Thunderbolt chip has been spotted in the USB-C connector of the iPhone 15 Pro models. In other words, you’ll have to dig a little deeper into your pockets to take advantage of that. Currently, only the iPad Pro supports Thunderbolt.
What is Thunderbolt?
Thunderbolt is a fast and versatile computing interface that combines data transfer, video output and power. Developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple, Thunderbolt allows high-resolution video and data to be transferred at high speeds over a single cable, commonly used in devices such as laptops, monitors and storage devices. Thunderbolt 3 offers connection speeds of up to 40 Gbps.
Made for iPhone USB-C becoming a standard?
Another plausible idea is that Apple will release cables separately, probably under the MfI banner. That would mean that “the” iPhone 15 would thus support Thunderbolt, but you’d have to pay heftily for those special cables.
MfI, in fact, stands for “Made for iPhone. That means an electronic accessory is designed specifically to connect to an iPhone, iPad (and iPod, back in the day). Apple then makes sure it meets the company’s performance standards.
Manufacturers pay a fee for this, giving them access to certain components and technology from the Cupertino tech giant. This is really ideal if you want to get the most out of your devices , such as an iPhone 15. However, it also has a downside: Apple’s Made for iPhone accessories tend to be quite pricey (those from third parties are still somewhat manageable).
So this whole situation about the USB-C connector is still uncertain, and it is understandable that people are skeptical. However, we have to wait a few more weeks until the introduction of the new device, and of course we will be there!