Suspicions that, in its next generation, Apple should change the iPhone’s input port seem more and more accurate. Despite this, indications indicate that the USB-C ports of the devices will not be as expected, with only the Pro models gaining a speed upgrade and being able to transfer data faster.
Since May, rumors were gaining strength that Apple could abandon Lightning, the gateway that the company adopted in 2012 for its cell phones. After the company’s MacBooks and iPads switched to the USB-C connector, it seemed the time had come for iPhones to do the same.
At the time, the news had been raised by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who shared the discovery on his Twitter account🇧🇷 The change, greeted with celebration by enthusiasts, meant that the arrival of USB-C could “improve the transfer and charging speed of the iPhone”, as Kuo himself put it.
The celebration, however, seems to have been a little early. New reports from the analyst, published this Wednesday (16), show that the iPhone should even gain USB-C input ports, but only the Pro and Pro Max models (possible iPhone 15 Ultra) should improve your speed.
According to Kuo, they “will support at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3” (which would mean a transfer rate of up to 40 Gb/s), while the standard models (iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus) will keep their transfer speed equal to that of the Lightning.
The measure, although unexpected, would not be new for Apple, since the same happened with the iPad (10th generation)🇧🇷 The device, launched in October, even having gained the implementation of the USB-C connector, continued to transfer data at 480 Mb/s – the same speed as USB 2.0.
At the time, the decision even raised suspicions that the same could happen with the company’s cell phones. After all, in addition to size, the Pro models seem to be gaining more and more attention from Apple, with differentials in relation to the company’s other smartphones, such as the Apple ProRes.
Apple will comply with EU law
Despite the disappointment with the maintenance of transfer speed, the arrival of USB-C ports on the iPhone is already something that we are slow to see.
Since 2015, the connector has been becoming popular in different types of electronic devices. Even adopted as a “standard” in more modern devices in the industry, it had been summarily ignored by Apple in its smartphone models.
Despite imagining that at some point the company would have to give in to the market, the decision of the European Union standardizing all the electronics on the block for the USB-C port seems to have accelerated the change.
Although the measure only becomes law in the fall of 2024 (last quarter of the year), the apple giant seems to have decided to change the connector in 2023 – although, as seen, the change does not come with all the benefits imagined .
However, it is worth remembering that the arrival of the USB-C port on the iPhone mainly means the advantage of using far fewer cables, allowing the sharing of the accessory between MacBooks, iPads and some PCs and Android phones.