iPhone 15 features revealed
iPhone 15 to feature A17 chip and rounded design, but with limited USB-C compatibility
An insider source known as ShrimpApplePro has given some details about Apple’s future iPhone 15 models. The new phones will perform more quickly, have a more rounded shape, and will be more expensive. The most popular feature, USB-C compatibility, will have a disapointing catch, though.
All iPhone 15 models will have the USB-C port locked down by Apple. This is a total reverse of their earlier policy of introducing USB-C to iPads and MacBooks without restrictions.
Many Apple enthusiasts and business professionals will be surprised and disappointed by this revelation because USB-C is an open standard. By adding an authenticator chip to ports, manufacturers must adhere to Apple’s criteria. This is in order to participate in MFi, the company’s official licencing scheme for accessories. Unlicensed accessories are frequently less expensive than ones with MFi certification, however this can restrict their use or totally deactivate them.
Many people think that the main reason iPhones haven’t transitioned to USB-C is for financial reasons. Apple’s decision to modify the standard for faster charging and data transfer with USB-C appears to be in violation of EU restrictions on proprietary ports. Reports suggest that the iPhone 15 Pro versions will operate more than 40 times faster. However, to access these benefits, users will need MFi-approved accessories. This may cause inconvenience those who already have a drawer full of USB-C cables.
According to ShrimpApplePro, Foxconn has already begun making MFi-licensed accessories, including Apple’s own cables and EarPods. Although this news may not be a deal-breaker for iPhone enthusiasts, it is probably not how industry insiders and EU politicians anticipated the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer to deploy USB-C.
Apple plans to launch the iPhone 15 series in September. New features will include more rounded form, new chassis materials and colors, solid-state buttons, next-generation WiFi, and a 3nm A17 CPU. The new series will have a higher price point.