The iconic lightning port doesn't support high data transfer speeds compared to the popular USB-C. However, these limitations are set to change soon. The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Plus might feature Thunderbolt ports, known for high-speed data transfer.
The iPhone 15 series is highly rumored to come with a USB Type-C port, even more so, after Apple executive Greg Joswiak confirmed that the company will adopt USB-C, thus, ditching its Lightning port. And now, we have some fresh information on the data transfer speeds due to this and how Apple may be planning to go for two types of USB-C ports.
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that Apple might use a high-speed USB-C port for the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max models. This could either be USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3.
For the vanilla iPhone 15 and the possible iPhone 15 Plus, there might be a USB 2.0, which will have data transfer speeds similar to that of the Lightning port. Although, the iPhone 15 Pro models are said to see a significant speed bump, up to 40Gbps.
The iPhone's upgrade to Thunderbolt is inevitable
My latest survey indicates all 2H23 new iPhones will abandon Lightning and change to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) will support the wired high-speed transfer, and the two standard ones (15 & 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 same as Lightning.
According to a reliable Apple informant, Ming-Chi-Kuo, the tech giant will start shifting to a faster data-transfer standard from 2H23. All upcoming Apple phones are rumored to abandon the Lightning standard and switch to USB Type-C.
Several camera upgrades (barring support for an 8p lens, possibly), battery improvements, and more are also in tow. The iPhone 15 series is expected to launch in the second half of 2023 but nothing concrete regarding this is available as of now. So, stay tuned for details on the iPhone 15 series, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on them in the comments below.
Ming-Chi-Kuo further speculated that the premium models iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Plus are expected to support USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3, promoting data transfer speeds of up to 40 GBPS. This will significantly improve the wired transfer and video output experience for users.
According to Ming-Chi-Kuo, this initiative will increase Apple's demand for high-speed data transfer chips and promote the growth of the promising industry:
"This spec upgrade and the new trend will drive Apple ecosystem's demand for high-speed transfer chips and competitors' imitation (almost all Android phones currently only support USB 2.0), and it's also conducive to the growth of the high-speed transfer IC design industry."
The latest iPhone 14 series was released in September through the grand "Far Out" event. Apple is expected to launch its next line of mobile devices in or around September 2023. I predict that 15 Pro & 15 Pro Max will support at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. This spec upgrade means the wired transfer and video output user experience will significantly improve.