Leaks suggest that Apple’s iPhone 15 range could sport Thunderbolt technology

Aug 17, 2023, 10:50 PM UTC
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Leaks suggest that Apple's iPhone 15 range could sport Thunderbolt technology
Apple's iPhone 15 Pro bezel Vs iPhone 14 Pro. (Image credit: YEUX1122)

As we inch closer to the much-awaited iPhone 15 release, leaks, and speculations have been flying left and right, giving us a sneak peek into what Apple might have in store for us. But hold on tight, because a recent revelation has just added an unexpected twist to the mix.

Remember when we were all buzzing about the possibility of the iPhone 15 making the switch to USB-C? That change promised faster charging and data transfer speeds, and we were all crossing our fingers for it. But then, things got oddly quiet on that front, leaving us wondering if the rumors had lost their mojo. Well, guess what? A reputable source called ChargerLAB just pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

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They managed to dig up some leaked images of an integrated circuit (IC) that points to something big. Brace yourselves, because it looks like the iPhone 15 series might not only be embracing USB-C, but also taking it up a notch with Thunderbolt/USB4’s 40Gbps high-speed data transmission.

And here’s the kicker – originally, we only thought this Thunderbolt tech would grace the fanciest models in the iPhone 15 lineup. But nope, it looks like Apple has decided to spread the love. For context, let me drop a mind-blowing fact: up until now, our iPhones were cruising at USB 2.0 speeds, which is about 480 megabits per second. Now, Thunderbolt 4? It’s like going from a tricycle to a rocket ship, hitting speeds of 40,000 megabits per second. Crazy, right?

Leaks suggest that Apple's iPhone 15 range could sport Thunderbolt technology
The retimer chip discovered on leaked iPhone 15 USB-C components. (Image credit: ChargerLAB)

Now, you might be wondering what this mysterious integrated circuit does. Well, it’s called a “retimer,” and it’s all about making sure those signals zip around smoothly. Especially for those high-capacity data ports and to minimize those pesky jitters. But here’s the kicker – this retimer would be pretty useless without Thunderbolt 4-level speeds, which leads us to believe that things are about to get seriously speedy.

But hold up, this isn’t just geek talk. This Thunderbolt upgrade could change the game for us regular folks too. Imagine transferring and backing up data at lightning speed, almost a hundred times faster than what we’re used to. Plus, with more power coming through Thunderbolt, charging times might just become a breeze. And let’s face it, iPhones have been trailing behind their Android rivals in the charging race for a while now.

Leaks suggest that Apple's iPhone 15 range could sport Thunderbolt technology
Three iPhone 15 USB-C components showing the new retimer chip. (Image credit: ChargerLAB)

So, this tiny retimer chip might just be the star of the iPhone 15 show. Sure, we’ve been drooling over leaked specs like sleek bezels, titanium chassis, Wi-Fi 6E, the powerful A17 Bionic chip, and those fancy periscope zoom cameras. And don’t get me wrong, those are awesome. But in our day-to-day lives, faster charging and backup speeds could be the real game-changer.

And here’s the kicker – with the likely price hikes coming to the iPhone 15 lineup, this Thunderbolt surprise might be just the thing to convince die-hard Apple fans to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

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Update August 19th, 2023: Hold the phone, folks! There’s more. We’ve been buzzing about all the shiny upgrades coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, but guess what’s not changing? The primary camera. Yeah, you heard it right. Trusty leaker Unknownz21 spilled the beans that both the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will stick with the Sony IMX-803 camera sensor—the same one found in the 14 Pro. Unexpected, right?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. The standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are stepping up to 48-megapixel primary cameras this time around, so what gives? Well, it’s a head-scratcher. The 15 Pro models were expected to strut their stuff with Sony’s fancy new IMX-903 sensor, promising better focus tracking, smoother 4K video, and sharper photos in challenging light.

But hey, don’t hit the panic button just yet. You see, modern smartphone photography isn’t all about hardware—it’s got a lot to do with smart software too. And with the next-gen 3nm A17 chip in the new iPhones, we might just see some computational magic brewing up in the camera department.

But let’s be real if you were hoping for a massive leap in the iPhone 15 Pro camera performance, you might want to rein in those expectations a tad. It’s looking like Apple’s betting on smarter algorithms to take the camera game to the next level rather than just throwing in a bigger sensor. So, while the camera might not be getting a radical makeover, the behind-the-scenes tech could be where the real magic happens.

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