You can’t just use any USB Type-C cable on the iPhone 15 series – See Why

You can’t just use any USB Type-C cable on the iPhone 15 series – See Why

Apple will have no choice but to use the USB Type-C charging port on the iPhone 15 series this year. The company will expunge its proprietary Lightning port so as to obey the new EU law. However, Apple is always sneaky and it once again has something up its sleeves. Although the iPhone 15 series will use a USB Type-C, it wouldn’t be a free ride for all Type-C cables. Apple will seriously limit the functions that a non-Apple Type-C cable can perform. However, all the features will be accessible with Apple’s proprietary cables. This means that many Type-C chargers in the market will not have access to all of the port’s functionality on the iPhone 15 series.

Only Apple USB Type-C cable will have full access

According to a rather hazy claim from a Weibo user, Apple has built a Lightning-compatible integrated circuit board that will work in combination with the iPhone 15’s USB-C connection. This implies that firmware will constrain how the USB Type-C port interacts with whatever is connected to it. This could imply that, despite the actual connector form change, Apple maintains a fully unique Made-for-iPhone Lightning environment. However, Apple has earned the benefit of the doubt in this case. The iPad’s USB Type-C port, Apple TV remote, and Thunderbolt connectors on Apple’s various Macs are not limited to Apple-certified devices.

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If the report is true, the iPhone’s port will most likely offer basic functions such as normal speed charging with any standard USB Type-C cable. However, some extra functions, like as high-speed data transfer or rapid charge will be limited to approved cables. Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 15 in the fall, most likely during a media event in September. The cheaper iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will offer a regular USB Type-C port with USB-2 data transfer capacity. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature Thunderbolt 3 over USB Type-C. This will allow for rapid data transfer and 4K display output.


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