iPhone 15 rumoured to ship with a long but painfully slow USB-C cable
Apple's lightning connectors for iPhones were found to be operating at USB 2.0 speeds last year. With the highly-anticipated USB-C connector slated to arrive with the iPhone 15, the hope for increased data transfer speeds has been rekindled. However, that might not be the case, as discovered by prolific Apple leaker Majin Bu.
The USB-C cable for the iPhone 15 will is still rated for USB 2.0. It will be braided and colour-matched with the iPhone it comes with and supports USB PD 3.0. However, its maximum current is measured to be three amps, suggesting its charging wattage could max out in the 45-50 Watt region. An earlier report suggested the iPhone 15 Pro could support 35-watt fast charging, and it'd be nice if its non-pro variants could also do the same.
Do note that the hamstrung USB 2.0 speed could only apply to the USB cable that ships with the vanilla iPhone 15. It has long been rumoured that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max (or iPhone 15 UltrA) will get a much faster USB-C port rated at USB 3.2 (20 Gbps) or even Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps). Majin Bu is investigating the claim and will shed more light on it later.
The SuperSpeed pins on the iPhone 15's cable are not populated, meaning it is optimized for charging and not data transfer. It also opens up the possibility for Apple to sell a cable tailor-made for data transfer separately. On the plus side, the iPhone 15's braided USB-C cable will be 1.6 meters (5.24 feet) long. Users can even stick with their existing chargers because there seems to be no MFI (made for iPhone) shenanigans at play, despite a report stating otherwise.