The iPhone 15 Pro models planned for next year will support faster wired transfer speeds thanks to the move to USB-C, according to an Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo.


While all iPhone 15‌ models will feature USB-C ports instead of Lightning ports, faster transfer speeds will be limited to iPhone 15 Pro models. Standard iPhone 15‌ models will continue to offer USB 2.0 speeds, such as Lightning.

Kuo says that transfer speeds will likely “improve significantly” over the ‌iPhone 15 Pro models, with “at least” support for USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. With the upgrade, iPhone 15 Pro models will be able to transfer videos and other file types at faster speeds, with Kuo expected to significantly improve user experience.

USB 2.0 transfer speeds are limited to 480MB/s, while USB 3.2 supports speeds of up to 20GB/s. Thunderbolt 3 supports data transfer speeds of up to 40Gb/s, so if Kuo is correct, there will be quite a difference in wired data transfer speeds between the iPhone 15 Pro and non-Pro models.

Apple is moving to USB-C across its line of products, and the first USB-C iPhones are due out next year. Apple is making the change to comply with European regulations that require electronic devices to have public, non-proprietary charging methods.

related stories

The iPhone 15 Pro is rumored to feature a Thunderbolt port with a huge advantage over lightning

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature a USB-C port with at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 support, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, giving the devices a significant speed advantage over existing models. Thunderbolt 3 theoretically provides bandwidth up to 40Gbps, while the Lightning connector has USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480Mbps…

Kuo: iPhone 15 to switch from Lightning to USB-C in 2023

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today that Apple will ditch its Lightning port and switch to USB-C on all or possibly some models of the iPhone 15 lineup due in the second half of 2023. Since the iPhone 5, Apple has kept the port Lightning on the iPhone, even though much of the industry has moved to USB-C. In a tweet today, Kuo said that the latest supply chain survey…

The iPad 10’s USB-C port hides a severe limitation

Despite getting USB-C for the first time, the port of the 10th generation iPad is very limited compared to the iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, it has appeared. As mentioned in initial reviews of the 10th generation iPad, the device’s USB-C port is much slower than all of the other new iPad models. Limited to USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480Mbps for data transfer. This means that…

iPhone 14 Pro could be the latest iPhone with a Lightning port

The iPhone 14 Pro could be Apple’s last flagship iPhone with a Lightning port, as a recent rumor from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests. Kuo claimed last week that at least some iPhone 15 models, scheduled for release in the second half of 2023, will feature a USB-C port instead of Lightning to improve data transfer and charging speeds. He previously said that Apple…

The new 10th generation iPad has a slower USB-C port compared to other models

Apple’s new 10th generation iPad is equipped with a slower USB-C port compared to the latest iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini models. As noted in The Verge’s review of the new iPad, released this week, the device’s USB-C port is limited to USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480Mbps for data transfer. This means that despite being equipped with a USB-C port, the 10th generation iPad has the same data …

Should you skip the iPhone 14? Five major iPhone 15 rumors that you should be aware of

With pre-orders for the iPhone 14 lineup now open, many iPhone customers will be considering whether or not now is the time to upgrade their device. iPhone 14 models offer some substantial upgrades with Emergency SOS satellite, crash detection, camera improvements, and more, but some customers will now turn their thoughts to next year, when the time might be more appropriate…

popular stories

The best Black Friday iPhone deals are still available

Cellular carriers have always offered great savings on the latest iPhone models during the holidays, and Black Friday 2022 is no different. We’re now tracking notable deals on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. For even more savings, keep an eye on older models like the iPhone 13. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these sellers….

The best Black Friday Apple Watch deals are still available

We’re tracking down the best Black Friday Apple product discounts this week, and the Apple Watch always makes a great gift this holiday season, so you’re guaranteed to find solid discounts right now. In this article, you’ll discover the best Black Friday sales on Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE, and Apple Watch Ultra. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these…

The best Black Friday deals on AirPods are still available

While we’ve been tracking Black Friday deals for a few weeks now, holiday shopping officially kicks off this week and we’re highlighting the best sales for each of Apple’s product lines. In this article, you will find the best Black Friday sales on AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2, and AirPods Max. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these sellers….

The best Black Friday iPad deals are still available

Black Friday deals have been in full swing for the better part of the month, and now that holiday shopping is officially here, we’re seeing even more solid discounts on Apple devices. We highlight the best sales for all Apple product lines, and in this article you will find the best Black Friday sales on the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner…

The best Black Friday iMac and MacBook deals are still available

Our Black Friday coverage continues today with the best deals you can find on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac. As with all Black Friday deals, we’re not sure how long any of them will last, and prices are always volatile, so if you see something you like, make sure you buy it soon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these sellers. When you click on a link and create…

All the Apple Black Friday deals you can still get

Black Friday is drawing to a close for 2022, but many Apple products are still seeing deep discounts. In this article, you will find every Apple device with notable Black Friday discounts. We’ll update as prices change and new deals arrive, so be sure to stay tuned if you don’t see the sale you’re looking for yet. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these sellers. when you…

All the Apple Black Friday deals you can get right now: AirPods, Apple TV, Mac, iPad, and more

This past week was full of early Black Friday deals, and now that holiday shopping is right around the corner, we’re going back through all the best sales you might have missed from the past week and updating as prices change and what’s new. Access deals. As with all holiday shopping, there’s no guarantee better prices won’t turn up later in the season, but if you like to shop early,…

Best Buy reveals Black Friday plans with sitewide sales available now

Following in the footsteps of Target and Walmart, this week Best Buy detailed its plans for the Black Friday shopping holiday and its schedule looks like that of other retailers. In terms of sales, Best Buy has the expected list of TVs, appliances, video games, computers, streaming devices, and more. Note: MacRumors is a Best Buy affiliate. When you click on a link and create…