Apple fans have been eagerly waiting for the iPhone 15 series, which is expected to launch in September. One of the most anticipated features of the new iPhone is the switch from Lightning to USB-C, a common standard that is already used by many other devices, including Macs and iPads.
Now, new photos have emerged online that claim to show the USB-C ports of the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, along with their attached circuitry and internal connectors. The photos were posted by X users lipilipsi and John011235, who have recently shared other iPhone 15 parts and assembly videos.
The photos seem to confirm the rumors that Apple is finally ditching Lightning for USB-C on its flagship smartphones. This would bring several benefits to iPhone users, such as faster charging and data transfer, compatibility with a wider range of accessories, and compliance with the European Union’s regulation that requires all mobile devices sold in the region to use a common connector.
However, there could also be some drawbacks to the USB-C switch. Some reports suggest that Apple may try to limit the functionality of non-licensed USB-C accessories, in order to preserve its Made for iPhone program and revenue stream. This is consistent with previous rumors that Apple might implement a software lock on the iPhone 15 USB-C ports, which would prevent them from working with certain third-party chargers and cables. Moreover, the USB-C ports on the non-Pro iPhone 15 models may not be any faster than the Lightning ports they replace, as they could still use the same USB 2.0 technology behind the scenes.
The iPhone 15 event is likely to take place in the second week of September when Apple will officially unveil its new products and features. Along with the USB-C ports, other rumored improvements for the iPhone 15 include a 3-nanometer chipset for the Pro models and a periscope zoom camera for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Stay tuned for more updates on the iPhone 15 as we get closer to its launch date.