The iPhone 14 Pro’s Lightning connector is still just as slow as previous iPhones, and that’s a problem.
The Lightning connector has turned 10 years old and is still present in the new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and that is a problem especially in these last two models. Much has been rumored with the jump to the USB-C connection on the iPhone, and it proves again that it is more necessary than ever.
The iPhone 14 Pro are capable of taking 48-megapixel photos weighing about 75 MB in ProRAW format, that is, they are really heavy files. And as confirmed MacRumorsthe Lightning connector on iPhone 14 Pro models seems still limited to USB 2.0 speeds of up to 480 Mbpsjust like previous models.
The iPhone 14 Pro has a transfer problem because of Lightning
This means, basically, that transferring photos from iPhone 14 Pro to a computer via Lightning cable could take too long, especially if they are multiple files. It might seem that using the cable would be faster, but it might not be.
This could be easily solved with the arrival of the USB type C connection, which could use USB 3.0 and speeds up to 5Gbps, or even USB-C 3.1 with speeds up to 10Gbps. In a device designed for professionals like the iPhone 14 Pro, this can be decisive. Passing large files could be up to 20 times faster.
Apple recommends using iCloud Photos to access ProRAW files in full resolution on a Mac or other Apple devices, as well as send them wirelessly via air drop. However, these are very useful systems if you have a Mac, but with other devices it is not so simple.
Curiously, in 2015 the Lightning connector of the first generation iPad Pro was compatible with USB 3.0, that is, it was capable of reaching speeds of up to 5 Gbps. But for some reason, Apple hasn’t chosen to do that on the iPhone even though it’s technically possible. We don’t know the reason.
Fortunately, rumors suggest that all The iPhone 15 will be equipped with a USB-C port instead of Lightning. And this should solve this “bottleneck” that the Lightning connector currently poses. We could get speeds of up to 10 Gbps or even up to 40 Gbps Apple also adds support for Thunderbolt 3.