According to the latest report, the entire range of iPhone 15 models, from the entry-level model to the speculated iPhone 15 Ultra gadget, would switch to USB-C from Apple’s lightning connector, with one important exception made for the premium model.
There have been rumours for a long time that the iPhone will have a USB-C port, and it’s possible that by 2024, legislation in the European Union may require Apple to implement this modification.
However, the upgraded iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra will have a full Thunderbolt 4 connector, which provides a substantially higher bandwidth for speedier data transfer and intensive graphical output.
Twitter leaker LeaksApplePro has a newsletter that subscribers may sign up for, and it has a fair track record of tipping impending phones.
The leaker is correct in suggesting that high-resolution video recording, even when utilizing Apple’s efficient ProRES format, results in files that are too huge to transfer via a legacy connection like Lightning. It would take about 40 minutes to transfer a 15-minute video shot in 4K resolution from your iPhone to your PC.
Because its introduction, Apple has made little improvements to Lightning, and given that modern smartphones generate enormous video files, it makes sense for the company to switch to a more suitable standard—especially since Lightning is also utilized by the iPad Pro and Air.
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The report also claims that Apple would stick to its current practice of reserving the most recent Bionic CPUs for the Pro and higher-tier iPhone models.
That Apple is confident in its leadership position in chip performance and would instead prioritize power efficiency has led to rumours that the A17 Bionic chipset will power the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra.
New CPUs could be 20% more energy efficient than A16 Bionic.
Finally, the Dynamic Island hole-punch capability is rumoured to be coming to all of the new iPhones. This appears to be an essential step if Apple wants the Dynamic Island interface concept to continue beyond this generation of iPhones.
Since the Dynamic Island is only available to the wealthiest 50% of iPhone buyers, it will be difficult to attract third-party developers if it remains isolated.
The LPTO features provide the iPhone 14 Pro an always-on display, but whether or not they will make their way down to the cheaper iPhones is unknown. Recent speculations have also stated that all iPhones will feature a Dynamic Island, but Apple will not be able to get enough panels with LPTO technology to include always-on display features on all iPhone 15 models.
Insight: USB-C is a lot more fascinating than it first appears
The European Union’s ruling against Apple’s proprietary port has made many of us eagerly anticipate the company’s switch to USB-C for the iPhone.
We support open standards, and the iPhone’s adoption of USB-C will not only revitalise the accessory sector, but will do it on a far more substantial scale.
Since every other major smartphone and tablet manufacturer, including Apple’s iPad Pro tablet, employs USB-C, there are already a plethora of tried-and-true USB-C peripherals available on the market.
Like the transition from the original iPod connector to Apple Lightning, Apple will not have to start from scratch when using USB-C on an iPhone.
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Apple is allowing its products to join a more developed ecosystem, one with incredible potential thanks to USB-C and, in particular, Thunderbolt.