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 up to 40Gbps bandwidth, while the Lightning connector has USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480Mbps on all current iPhones. Even with real-world performance limitations, the iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt delivers much faster data transfer speeds with a Thunderbolt cable, making it much faster to power large files in and out of the iPhone, such as 48MP ProRAW photos.

Even if the iPhone 15 Pro models only get USB 3.2 support, that would mean theoretical transfer speeds of between 5Gbps and 20Gbps depending on the exact specs, which would still be much faster than Lightning.

Most iPads with USB-C ports offer faster transfer speeds. iPad Pro models with the M1 chip and the latest Thunderbolt 3 support for up to 40Gbps bandwidth, the 5th generation iPad Air is capable of 10Gbps, and the 4th generation iPad Air and the latest iPad mini are capable of up to 5Gbps . The only exception is the new standard 10th-gen iPad with USB-C, which remains limited to USB 2.0 speeds.

Like the 10th-generation iPad, Kuo said the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will still be limited to USB 2.0 speeds, despite the switch to a USB-C port. AirDrop will still be an option for faster wireless data transfers on these devices.

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