The iPhone 15 has made its grand entrance, and amid the usual flurry of new colors and camera enhancements, it’s breaking ground by ditching the familiar Lightning port in favor of USB-C, aligning with the iPad and Mac. If you’re curious about what this shift means for prospective iPhone 15 users, you’re in the right place. Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know.
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When is the iPhone 15 Release Date? Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 15 at its “Wonderlust” event on September 12, 2023. You can get your hands on these new phones when they hit the stores on Friday, September 22, 2023.
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Do All Four iPhone 15 Models Feature USB-C Ports? Indeed, Apple has ushered in the USB-C era across its entire iPhone 15 lineup. However, it’s worth noting that the implementation varies slightly within the range. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max boast faster data transfer capabilities at 10Gbps, while the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus support USB 2 speeds, clocking in at 480Mbps.
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Can I Use My Existing iPhone Cables? No, you’ll need to invest in a new USB-C-to-USB-C cable to charge your iPhone 15.
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Do I Need to Purchase a New Charging Cable? Apple has got you covered in this department. Your iPhone 15 will come with a USB-C-to-USB-C cable right in the box. If you require a longer cable, you can purchase a 2m charging cable from Apple for $29.
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Will I Need a New Charger? Your need for a new charger depends on your existing setup. Apple started bundling a USB-C-to-Lightning cable with the iPhone 12, a model that also omitted the charger. If you’ve been using a 20W or higher USB-C charger since the iPhone 12 or later, you’re all set. However, if you’re still clinging to an old 5W charger with a USB-A port, it’s time to consider upgrading to a compatible one.
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Can I Expect Faster Charging Times? As per the technical specifications, all iPhone 15 models offer “up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes with a 20W or higher charger.” This phrasing mirrors the language used in the iPhone 14 specs. However, in practice, the iPhone 14 Pro models did tend to charge a tad faster than their non-Pro counterparts when using 30W chargers.
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What About Data Transfers? For data transfers, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus maintain a speed of 480Mbps, akin to Lightning. In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max kick things up a notch by supporting faster USB 3 speeds, reaching up to 10Gbps.
Will I Need a Thunderbolt Cable? No, a Thunderbolt cable isn’t necessary, but you will need a USB-C cable that can handle USB 3 speeds for 10Gbps data transfers. The one that comes with the iPhone 15 does not support this.
Do Apple’s Older iPhone Models Feature USB-C Ports? No, the iPhone 13, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, and the iPhone SE continue to utilize the Lightning port, staying true to their roots.