The iPhone 15 Pro models planned for next year will support higher wired transfer speeds thanks to the transition to USB-C, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


While all ‌iPhone 15‌ models will feature USB-C connectors instead of Lightning connectors, the faster transfer speeds are limited to the ‌iPhone 15‌ Pro models. The standard “iPhone 15” models will continue to offer USB 2.0 speeds, just like Lightning.

Kuo says transfer speeds are likely to “improve significantly” on the “iPhone 15” Pro models, with support for “at least” USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. With the upgrade, “iPhone 15” Pro models will be able to transfer video files and other file types transmit at faster speeds, with Kuo predicting a significantly improved user experience.

USB 2.0 transfer speeds are limited to 480 Mbps, while USB 3.2 supports speeds of up to 20 Gbps. Thunderbolt 3 supports data transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s. So if Kuo is right, there will be a big difference in wired data transfer speeds between Pro and non-Pro ‌iPhone 15‌ models.

Apple is transitioning its entire lineup to USB-C, and the first iPhones with USB-C are slated for release next year. Apple is making the change to comply with European regulations that require electronic devices to have non-proprietary, common charging methods.

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