iPhone 15 Finally Switches to USB-C? Faster Charging and More!
Apple is expected to release the iPhone 15 in the coming weeks, and the device’s long-rumored switch from Lightning to USB-C may improve charging speed. According to 9to5Mac, certain of the new iPhone 15 models will support charging up to 35W, as opposed to the current iPhone 14 Pro’s 27W.
Last year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple’s supply chain showed that the corporation would abandon Lightning in favour of USB-C in 2023. The move, according to Kuo, would enable higher charging speeds for iPhone 15 Pro models, although the feature may only be enabled by Apple-certified connections. Apple stopped bundling power adapters with iPhones in 2020 to combat e-waste, so if the company isn’t planning to sell a dedicated iPhone 15 charger, it may instead recommend that customers purchase the 35W dual USB-C charger it released last year, or the 30W USB-C charger designed for the MacBook Air.
Regardless of charging speeds, the iPhone 15 will almost certainly be the first device to support USB-C charging. The European Union has set a deadline of December 28th, 2024 for all new phones sold within the bloc, including iPhones, to adopt USB-C for wired charging, thus Apple would be pushing it back another year.
In the run-up to the iPhone 15’s formal announcement on Tuesday, September 12th, we’ve heard a variety of rumours about its other features. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models are rumoured to be more expensive than previous generations, with smaller bezels and a titanium frame replacing the current stainless steel chassis. A few credible leakers have also claimed that Apple will not sell a leather case for any of its upcoming iPhone 15 variants, though you’ll almost likely be able to find a good third-party solution if this is true.