iPhone 15 USB-C cables could offer super-fast charging: In the last few days, a number of rumors about the iPhone 15 USB-C cable have been circulating on the internet. Each phone is said to come with a braided USB cable in coordinating colors. Majin Bu, a leaker, has now tweeted more information about the cables.
Bu claims that the cables will measure 1.6 meters (5 feet, 2 inches) in length, have 16 pins, and be thicker and stronger than traditional iPhone cables. The company also believes that the cables will not be tied to a “Made for iPhone’ certification program. This is great news.
What’s the bad news? The cables are only rated at USB 2.0 charging speed or 480 Mbps. The iPhone 15 USB C port is also limited to USB 2.0 transfer speeds. This is the same speed as Lightning. Apple’s decision to limit the data transfer speeds on iPhone 15 is understandable, as anything faster may not be useful.
The cables will also be at a disadvantage when used with other devices, such as a MacBook Pro or even an iPhone 15 Pro.
Bu’s tweet refers to this cable as “iPhone 15 C Cable”, but does not mention the iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max. It’s not clear if the iPhone 15 Pros are going to have the same cable or a more advanced one for the USB 3.2 and Thunderbolt connections.
Apple should put that extra cash to good use, given the constant rumors about an iPhone 15 Pro’s price increase. It could be the case that Apple is happy to give customers only the essentials and charge extra for an upgraded cable. You don’t get a $1 trillion-plus valuation by being generous, after all.
If Bu is right about the voltage and amperage, then these cables are capable of charging at speeds up to 60W. The iPhone 15 could get up to 35W charging speeds in 2015. But this cable can also be used for other devices, like laptops.
I’m also skeptical about these rumors due to the lack of Made for iPhone certification. The USB-C cables would be ruined if there were restrictions on the charging and transfer speed. But if Apple doesn’t certify the cables that come with the iPhone 15, then our fears might have been unfounded. I am all for this. But we won’t be able to know for certain until the iPhone 15 launch.
In the next few weeks, we’ll probably learn more about these cables. After all, the latest rumors suggest that the Apple September event will take place on September 12, which is only three weeks away as of this writing. You can stay up-to-date with the latest news in our hubs for iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.