For the first time ever, Apple introduced a 48MP sensor on the iPhone 14 series phones. While it meant more detailed pictures for users, it also meant bigger file sizes, which could be as much as 75 MB for a single picture on the ProRAW mode.
Sadly, the iPhone 14 series stuck to the lightning connector which meant the phones were limited to USB 2.0 transfer speeds. For a company that encourages professionals and content creators to take pictures and videos through their iPhones, having USB 2.0 transfer speeds would certainly be a hindrance.
My latest survey indicates all 2H23 new iPhones will abandon Lightning and change to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) will support the wired high-speed transfer, and the two standard ones (15 & 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 same as Lightning.
I predict that 15 Pro & 15 Pro Max will support at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. This spec upgrade means the wired transfer and video output user experience will significantly improve.
– Ming-Chi Kuo’s report on the upcoming iPhone 15 series
Thankfully, Apple could be changing this with the next iPhone series. According to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all iPhone 15 models are going to feature USB-C ports. Moreover, for the iPhone 15 Pro models, Apple is finally going to support high-speed data transfer featuring USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3.
Sadly, according to Kuo, the base iPhone 15 models will still feature USB 2.0 transfer speeds. Apple has been increasingly differentiating the Pro models over the last few years. This could be the company’s attempt to market the Pro models as the de facto choice for professionals and enthusiasts going forward.
These days, most, if not all Android flagships, heck, even upper-mid range devices support USB 3.0 transfers speeds. USB 2.0 is actually quite slow and only supports a max transfer speed of 480 megabits per second or 60 megabytes per second. USB 3.0 on the other hand is almost 10x as fast and supports transfers speeds of up to 4.8 Gbit/s (600MBps).
– iPhones Continue to Roll With USB 2.0 Speeds, Appuals
Also, it’s not as if Apple has decided to switch to USB-C with their next iPhone series out of love for their consumers. This is mostly from increased regulatory pressures around the world surrounding e-waste, and also the new European Union legislation, which mandates the use of USB-C on phones from 2024.