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Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that as part of a larger move to USB-C in the iPhone 15 line, Pro models could get faster. Ability to connect via Thunderbolt.
While the iPhone has been capable of shooting 4K video for a while now, capturing gigantic files requires a lot of patience. Everything could change if what Ming-Chi Kuo predicts for the iPhone 15 comes true.
In a series of tweets Wednesday night, an analyst and supply chain vocal leader at Apple says his latest supply chain audits show that all the iPhone 15 line will switch to USB-C of one kind or another. .
My latest poll shows all new 2H23 iPhones will ditch Lightning and move to to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro and 15 Pro Max) will support wired high-speed transfer, and two standard models (15 and 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0, as does Lightning.< /p >— (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
However, what he calls iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will keep USB 2.0 speeds the same as in 2022 10.9 inch iPad — and the same as Lightning.
He also suggests that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will have at least 20 gigabits per second of USB 3.2 and possibly 40 gigabits per second of Thunderbolt 3.
Tweets to Wednesday is not Kuo's first USB-C prediction on the iPhone 15. In May 2022, Kuo first discussed it as a real possibility.
In the past few years, there have been rumors that Apple is moving from Lightning to USB-C for the upcoming iPhone. The EU has mandated it on all smartphones from any manufacturer by the time the iPhone 16 is released.
If true, a launch in 2023 will mark the end of the Lightning connector as Apple's main charging cable in 13 years. USB-C was launched shortly after Lightning in 2012, but it wasn't until the 12-inch MacBook in 2015 that Apple used it in a shipped product.