Several sources have confirmed that Apple will transition from Lightning to USB-C ports in the 2023 iPhone 15 series. Giving more color, tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that only iPhone 15 Pro models will support faster USB-C speeds and the standard models will support USB 2.0.
For years, iPhone users had been requesting Apple to switch to USB-C charging ports because of benefits like carrying a common charger, faster data transfer speed, and others. But the tech company has only decided to part ways with the old Lightning tech because of the EU’s new law “Radio Equipment Directive”.
Under the directive, manufacturers are ordered to adopt USB-C charging ports in all small and medium-sized electronic products by the Autumn of 2024 to offer convenience to consumers and reduce e-waste. In October, Apple’s marketing chief Greg Joswiak confirmed that the company was going to comply with the EU’s new common charger law.
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max might feature USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3
In his new Twitter thread, Kuo shared that the entire iPhone 15 series will switch to USB-C port but the wired transfer speed on the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models is likely to “improve markedly” with support for USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3.
He also predicts that upgraded transfer speed on the iPhone 15 Pro models would be beneficial for the growth of the high-speed transfer IC design industry and its suppliers like Parade, Asmedia, and others.
This spec upgrade and the new trend will drive Apple ecosystem's demand for high-speed transfer chips and competitors' imitation (almost all Android phones currently only support USB 2.0), and it's also conducive to the growth of the high-speed transfer IC design industry.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
Other sources claim that Apple will expand the Dynamic Island across iPhone 15 series and equip it with 5G modem chips by Qualcomm. The Pro models would feature a buttonless design, 8GB of RAM, and a periscope lens. It also reported that the Pro Max model will be replaced with a new iPhone 15 Ultra which will feature two front cameras.