Recently, an image of what appears to be an iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port was leaked on Twitter by user Unkonwz21 (Twitter handle @URedditor). This has sparked excitement among iPhone enthusiasts as it suggests that Apple will finally comply with EU laws and replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port, which is already being used on the iPad and MacBooks.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time Apple has made a promise to comply with the EU’s common charger directive. A month after the launch of the iPhone 14 series, Apple’s SVP of marketing, Greg Joswiak, confirmed that the company would comply with the directive. However, the company did not specify which iPhone model would feature the USB-C port.
The EU’s common charger directive requires device makers to produce devices with compatible chargers, and they have until October 2024 to do so. This means that Apple could technically launch the iPhone 16 as the first iPhone with a USB-C port.
It is also reported that Apple will need to update the Lightning charging cases for its AirPods Max and AirPods as they fall under the directive. Additionally, rumors are swirling that Apple is working on a more affordable version of the AirPods, which could make its debut alongside the new iPhone.
The leaked image of the iPhone 15 Pro shows a brushed metal finish, which supports rumors that the phone will have a titanium frame instead of stainless steel. The move to USB-C will also bring faster data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, compared to the maximum of 480Mbps supported by Lightning. This will be particularly beneficial for users who need to transfer large files quickly.
The leaked image of an iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port has sparked excitement among iPhone users. If the image is accurate, it could mean that Apple is finally complying with the EU’s common charger directive. The move to USB-C will bring faster data transfer speeds and make the iPhone more compatible with other devices, but it remains to be seen when this change will take place.