Apple finally accepts the change and the new iPhone 15 family already integrates a USB-C port, saying goodbye to the old Lightning connector. However, be careful because there is still more and the company knows how to make the most of every last drop in the desert.
As expected, Apple has complied with the EU obligation to include the USB-C port in its newly released generation of smartphones, the expected iPhone 15. However, the company, which has been characterized by its resistance to changing its Lightning connector It seems that he has had no choice but to take the long-awaited step.
One of the most obvious advantages is that USB-C is a universal standard used not only by Android phones, but also by laptops, tablets, cameras, and a variety of other technology devices.. With this change, Apple makes life easier for users by using a single type of cable for almost all of its devices.
On the other hand, USB-C has the ability to charge devices significantly faster than the previous Lightning connector and is like the Usain Bolt of data transfer. Its speed far exceeds that of Lightning, which is ideal if you need to move large amounts of photos, videos or files between your devices efficiently.
However, not everything is as positive as it seems and There are some points that you should know about this novelty that is so awaited by Apple users.
This transition comes with a “small” extra cost: Lighting to USB-C adapter
Many users have accumulated accessories with Lightning connectors over the years, such as headphones, charging cases, and speakers. With the change to USB-C, these become, in the case of the new iPhones, incompatible, forcing users to replace them or use adapters, which could be inconvenient.
And this is where Apple comes in and its new USB-C to Lightning adapter that the Cupertino firm has put up for sale for 35 euros.
“This adapter lets you connect your Lightning-enabled accessories to a USB-C iPhone or iPad for charging, transferring data, or listening to audio. Three in one. Plus, it comes with a braided cable for even more durability. Plug your Lightning plug in first end with a USB-C connector to your iPhone or iPad, and then your Lightning-enabled accessory,” Apple says in the description.
Also mention that the transfer rates of each model vary a lot. This is how they would look:
- USB-C iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus: USB 2.0 with up to 480 Mbps.
- USB-C iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max: USB 3.2 with up to 10 Gbps.
Beware, though, because the iPhone 15 Pro will ship with a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, but it only supports USB 2.0 speeds. Getting those crazy 10Gbps speeds with USB 3.2 requires a new cable that Apple hasn’t released (for now).
That is why it will sell the same cable for its Macs with the Thunderbolt 4 standard that is compatible with the USB 4.0 standard of up to 40 Gbps, for another peak, 79 euros. As our colleague Manu Contreras comments, don’t worry, you can get an Apple-certified cable compatible with USB 3.0 for less than 15 euros on Amazon.
It is true that the availability of this Lightning to USB-C adapter shows Apple’s flexibility in addressing the concerns of its users during this transition.
Those who have invested in accessories with Lightning connectors may now find this adapter useful for extending the life of your existing accessories without spending even more money on new USB-C cables, although that doesn’t seem to pay off too much.
If you realize it, it is the perfect move and the little trap that Apple had in store, because including a USB-C cable with the new iPhones does not go too much with its style.
Despite these initial annoyances, this change has the potential to benefit users in the long term, especially in terms of convenience and universality. Apple device users could say goodbye to worrying about finding a specific cable and enjoy a more simplified and versatile experience.