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We are now less than a year away from the release of the highly anticipated iPhone 15. Apple has not yet announced the presentation date, but the tech giant usually unveils its smartphones between the second and third weeks of September. While we anxiously await autumn 2023, we can wade through the various rumors surrounding the hype for the new iPhone. The most talked-about aspect is undoubtedly the presence of a USB-C charging port.
Following the European Union’s decision to adopt a single USB-C connector, Apple has had to comply with the regulation. The alternative would have been to stop selling new products in the EU. As a result, the iPhone 15 will be Apple’s first smartphone to support a USB-C port instead of a Lightning one. But has the Cupertino company decided to abandon its monopoly on exclusive accessories? According to rumors, it seems not.
The iPhone 15 will have a USB-C port
This seems to be the only certain information for now, and it’s not insignificant. First of all, we must remember that the EU’s single connector regulation will not come into force before mid-2024. For this reason, it was not so obvious that Apple would start working on a model with a USB-C port already this year. After all, the company could have released another iPhone with its Lightning-equipped accessories before complying.
Secondly, a few months ago there were rumors that Steve Jobs’ company wanted to “circumvent” the regulation by completely excluding any cable. In essence, Apple was planning an iPhone with a solely wireless charging system. At the time, the idea didn’t seem so far-fetched because wireless charging technology had already been tested on other smartphones and would have bypassed the European regulation. Moreover, by excluding cables, the issue of future obsolescence of the USB-C system would not have arisen.
Yes, but which USB-C?
While we are now fairly certain that the iPhone 15 will feature a USB-C cable, what we still don’t know is which type of USB-C it will support. In general terms, one can say that Apple will be obliged to charge the iPhone 15 with any commercially available USB-C cable. However, this does not mean that the Cupertino company has given up on its enormous profit from accessories. It seems that charging will be possible with any cable, yes, but many other functions will only be available with an MFI cable. What does MFI mean? Of course, Made for iPhone.
A USB-C cable with MFI certification would be the only one to allow, for example, data transfer between devices or fast charging. If Apple were to promote this certification, it would not violate European regulations, but it would also not have to give up its share of the market for specific accessories.
Rumors about the iPhone 15
Of course, to get accurate information, we can only wait for Apple’s official presentation. For now, all we have are rumors circulating on the internet: from specialized websites to Twitter, and even TikTok. Most of this news is unfiltered, but some information is more than just speculation.
The issue of MFI certification, for example, has been corroborated by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, an expert in the Apple sector. Kuo, a well-known name to Apple fans, collects reliable information from his contacts within Apple’s Asian supply chain. He translates this information and creates research notes that provide a fairly accurate insight into Apple’s plans. Although with some margin of error, his predictions about the Cupertino company are quite accurate.
According to Forbes, another reputable Apple leaker, ShrimpApplePro, confirms the MFI issue by stating that “Yeah, the USB-C with MFI is in the works.” And further, “Non-MFI cables will have a software limitation for data and charging speed.”
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