With the recent news on the upcoming iPhone models featuring USB-C ports, there has been another leak once again. The iPhone models have been using their iconic lightning ports for decades. However, there have been current decisions made by European Union for USB-C port applications on all smartphones by 2024. Apple has confirmed its lightning ports will be replaced with USB-C-type ports.
The news comes from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who recently stated in his tweet that despite new iPhones featuring USB-C ports, only two of the high-end models will support wired high-speed transfer. The standard models (iphone 15 and iphone 15 plus) will support USB 2.0 same as Lightning.
The thunderbolt port seems to be positive news for the iPhone anticipators, the change will boost the performance and faster transfer speeds. The Thunderbolt 3 port can offer bandwidth of up to 40Gbps while the Lightning connector, which supports USB 2.0 speeds, maxes out at 480Mbps on all the existing iPhones available in the market.
Apple has differentiated the different features on iPhones for longer periods of time. This time we can see similar changes in the upcoming iPhone 15 models. The USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 3 support will be for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models. The standard iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models will be limited to the USB 2.0 speed even with support for USB-C ports.
Kuo also speculates that Apple may add solid-state volume buttons to the 15 Pro series. The iPhone 15 regular models are expected to retain their pedestrian click buttons. 15 Pro Max may also get a periscope with up to 6x magnification.
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