There’s no doubt Apple makes great devices. Even for a premium device, the iPhones are possibly one of the most ‘value for money’ phones, given they tend to last very long. Apple takes pride in designing phones around user experience, but they sometimes tend to skim over the basics. Like with the small internal storage on the base models, which was only 64GB, until Apple finally upped it to 128GB on the iPhone 13 series.
This time around with the new iPhone 14 series, it’s the transfer speeds through the Lightning connector, which is still limited to USB 2.0 speeds (As Confimed by MacRumors). 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).
While the lightning connector is not the only way to send files across devices, it sure should be an option given the price bracket of an iPhone. With the iPhone 14 series Apple finally introduced a 48MP sensor, which would produce images with higher file sizes, and with the ProRAW mode, this can be as high as 75 MB. This would cause obvious hindrances to someone doing professional work on an iPhone.
ProRAW files are 10 to 12 times larger than HEIF or JPEG files, and ProRAW files are even larger if you select 48MP as your resolution. If you store the files on your device, you might run out of space more quickly than you expect. And if you use iCloud Photos to store your photos, you might need to upgrade your iCloud storage plan to make more space available for these larger files.
At least there’s some hope for next year’s iPhone 15 series. According to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is finally going to ditch the lighting cable, and adopt the USB-C standard, and hopefully along with it, support for higher transfers speeds through the cable port.