The iPhone 15 is set to feature USB C connectivity and a host of other improvements. According to esteemed Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, Apple may make the switch in order to comply with EU regulations.
This change will also come with a slew of benefits, including higher data transfer speeds. The phone is also expected to include thinner bezels and an Action button.
LTPO technology is one of the latest innovations in smartphone display technologies. It allows smartphones to dynamically change their refresh rates between 1Hz and 120Hz depending on what you’re doing. For example, when playing video games or reading a book, the screen can switch to a lower refresh rate to save energy. On the other hand, when watching a video shot at 24Hz, the screen can switch to a higher refresh rate to provide better performance.
Apple first used LTPO in the Series 4 Apple Watch, allowing it to offer an always-on display without sacrificing battery life. It has since become popular in flagship phones, such as the OnePlus 9 Pro, which uses a 6.7-inch AMOLED LTPO display with a refresh rate that can go as low as 1Hz. Apple holds a number of LTPO patents, and Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants expects the company to use it in the iPhone 17 range, due in 2025.
The iPhone 15 is expected to feature LTPO in the Pro Series models and support AOD (Always-On Display). However, the regular iPhone and Plus model will not have this technology. A Korean blogger reported that Apple has arranged to deliver display panels for the iPhone 15 to domestic companies and will soon start mass production.
USB C connectivity
One of the biggest changes coming to the iPhone 15 is the switch from Lightning to USB-C. This will allow the device to charge at higher speeds and reduce wear on ports over time. It will also be compatible with Mac computers and other devices that use USB-C. This will make it easier for consumers to use their phones with existing accessories.
This change is primarily due to European regulations that require Apple to produce iPhones with USB-C ports. However, the rumor mill has also suggested that this change will improve repairability by reducing the number of components and cables needed.
In addition to a USB-C port, the new iPhone 15 could be equipped with Thunderbolt 3 support. This will let users transfer video and other files at faster rates than current iPhones. This is a significant improvement over the 480Mb/s that Lightning provides, and it will also enable the phone to support fast wireless charging.
In addition to faster charging, the iPhone 15 could have a larger battery and improved camera sensors. The latter will be powered by Sony’s newest image sensor, which doubles the saturation signal in each iphone 15 256gb pixel, allowing the camera to capture more detail and eliminate blurriness. The standard iPhone 15 is expected to have a 48MP main lens, while the Pro Max model may have a 64MP lens.
Thunderbolt 3 support
The USB-C port on the new iPhone 15 will be able to support high-speed Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds. This is significantly faster than Lightning, and will benefit photographers who often need to transfer large photo and video files to their computers. It may also allow them to use external fast storage drives more efficiently.
Currently, Apple’s lightning connector only supports up to 480 Mbps, which is far slower than the typical USB-C connection. However, the company has been working to improve its connections. The latest iPhone 15 Pro will support up to 40 Gbps, which is a significant improvement over previous models.
Additionally, the upcoming iPhone 15 will feature a new cinematography function that will enable live 4K Thunderbolt outputs to monitors while recording. This will allow users to connect their phone, which has all of the camera functions, to a monitor that displays the live footage without any controls.
This feature will be exclusive to the Pro versions of the iPhone. It is likely that the non-Pro models will continue to be limited to USB 2.0 speeds. However, the tipster @analyst941 believes that all 2H23 iPhones will switch to USB-C for wired high-speed transfers. This is based on his latest survey of supply chain components. He also predicts that the new 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max phones will support Thunderbolt/USB 3.2, which is capable of transmitting data at up to forty gigabits per second.