According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 15 will have faster USB-C charging speeds, but there’s a catch. The fast charging feature will only work with certified USB-C cables, meaning users must purchase Apple-certified (MFI) cables to take advantage of this feature. This move by Apple is consistent with the company’s tendency to control its ecosystem, and it may restrict the options available to third-party cable providers.
Kuo also revealed that regular iPhone 15 models will have slower USB 2.0 speeds, while the iPhone 15 Pro models will support faster USB 3.2 transfer speeds. As Apple no longer includes power adapters with its iPhones, users must purchase them separately. To accommodate the increased demand for USB-C adapters, Kuo predicts that Apple will boost shipments of its 20-watt USB-C power adapter by 120%.
Despite the limitations, the shift to USB-C is a welcome change for iPhone users who have been constrained to using the Lightning connector for years. With USB-C gaining acceptance as the industry standard, it’s only a matter of time before Apple adopts the technology throughout its lineup.