iPhone 15 USB-C capabilities revealed: Charging, data transfers, video output, and more

In a new support document, Apple has shared the capabilities of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro’s USB-C port. These details shed light on how Apple’s latest smartphones harness the potential of this versatile and widely used port.

Let’s dive into the key highlights.

iPhone 15 USB-C

Everything you need to know about the iPhone 15’s USB-C port

1. Charging small accessories at 4.5W

Apple reaffirms that all iPhone 15 models come equipped with a USB-C port that can charge various accessories, such as your Apple Watch, USB-C AirPods Pro case, or other small gadgets. What’s new here is the wattage information – these ports can deliver up to 4.5 watts of power to your peripherals. This means you can conveniently charge your essential accessories directly from your iPhone 15, making it an even more versatile device for users on the go.

AirPods Pro USB-C

2. Lightning-fast data transfers with USB 3.2 Gen 2

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models take USB-C to the next level. These devices support USB 3.2 Gen 2, providing data transfer speeds of up to a blazing-fast 10 Gbps. This specification confirms that your iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max is not only a powerhouse in terms of performance but also when it comes to transferring data. However, do keep in mind that the USB-C cable that comes bundled with the iPhone 15 Pro models supports USB 2 speeds. If you want to make the most of that impressive USB 3.2 Gen 2 speed, you’ll need to invest in a higher-spec cable.

3. Elevating your visual experience with DisplayPort

One of the exciting revelations in the support document is that all iPhone 15 models support DisplayPort functionality. This allows you to mirror 4K HDR video to an external display or TV using a compatible USB-C to DisplayPort cable or adapter. It’s a fantastic feature for showcasing your content on a larger screen or enjoying your favorite videos in high definition. However, it’s worth noting that unlike certain iPad models with Stage Manager, the iPhone 15 doesn’t support an extended display mode.

4. ProRes video recording to external storage for iPhone 15 Pro

For the creative minds out there, the iPhone 15 Pro models come with an impressive feature: the ability to record ProRes video directly onto an external storage device. This feature supports up to 4K resolution and a silky-smooth 60 frames per second. It’s a game-changer for those who demand professional-level video recording capabilities on their smartphones, giving you greater control and flexibility in your videography endeavors.

iPhone 15 Pro Max

5. Seamless connection to your Car with USB-C to USB-A

For users who prefer to connect their iPhone 15 to a vehicle equipped with a USB-A port for wired CarPlay, Apple has got you covered. Apple recommends using a USB-C to USB-A cable for this purpose, ensuring that you can seamlessly integrate your iPhone 15 into your car’s infotainment system without a hitch.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

Whether you’re charging accessories, transferring data at lightning speed, elevating your visual experience, recording pro-quality videos, or connecting to your car, the iPhone 15’s USB-C port is poised to meet your every need.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.