In a nutshell: Apple has already confirmed that the iPhone will abandon its proprietary Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. The primary USB-C iPhones are anticipated subsequent yr however in response to the most recent steering from one Apple analyst, they will not all be created equally.
In a current put up on Twitter, TF Worldwide Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo mentioned his newest survey signifies all new (2023) iPhones will ditch the Lightning connector and change to USB-C. Solely the 2 flagship fashions, the iPhone 15 Professional and iPhone 15 Professional Max, will help high-speed transfers. The 2 normal iPhone 15 fashions will max out at USB 2.0 speeds, Kuo added.
Moreover, Kuo mentioned he predicts the 2 flagships will help at the very least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3.
The most recent iPhones, together with the flagship iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max, are nonetheless restricted to USB 2.0 speeds (480 Mbps) over the Lightning connector. Newer iPad Professional fashions help sooner switch speeds over their USB-C ports. Solely just lately have the most recent flagship Android smartphones began shifting to speedier USB-C switch tech.
Apple is shifting to USB-C with a view to adjust to a brand new European law mandating all small electronics come outfitted with a typical (non-proprietary) charging port by 2024.
If Kuo is appropriate and Apple solely ships the Professional fashions with a speedier switch fee, it might create one more differentiator between the mainstream iPhone line and the flagship tier. In actuality, for many customers, I do not suppose it will make a lot of a distinction both method.
Maybe I am an exception, however when is the final time you linked your cellphone to your pc to switch information? With the prevalence of streaming video and music providers, cloud storage and wi-fi protocols, the necessity to hyperlink up over a wired connection simply is not as necessary now because it was, say, a decade in the past. Maybe these taking pictures in ProRAW would possibly need to do some post-processing on a pc, however that is actually the one state of affairs that involves thoughts.
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