Ming-Chi Kuo: iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro to have notably different USB-C transfer speeds
The regular iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro might have different USB-C transfer speeds
Apple has been aiming at differentiating the non-Pro iPhones from the Pro models for a few years, and with the iPhone 14, it's been really making an effort on that front (you know, two different chipsets within the same iPhone lineup are now a thing). Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is quite accurate when it comes to predictions about iPhones, has now posted on Twitter he expects differences in the USB-C ports of the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro.
(4/7)— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
2H23 new high-end iPhones' wired transfer speed will likely improve markedly, benefiting the growth of the high-speed transfer IC design industry. Apple's existing suppliers (e.g., Parade, Asmedia, Genesys Logic, Renesas, etc.) are expected to be leading beneficiaries.
Basically what that means is that there will be a significantly improved experience for the wired transfer of data. While USB 2.0 transfer speeds are limited to 480Mb/s, USB 3.2 supports speeds up to 20Gb/s. On the other hand, Thunderbolt 3 supports speeds up to 40Gb/s. We are talking here about data transfer, and as you can see there is a notable difference between these numbers.
If Kuo ends up being correct, there will be one more reason for users to go for the Pro-branded models (or the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max, or Ultra). This will be great especially for users who need to do a lot of wired transfers from their iPhones (for example, videos or lots of photos). However, as with anything iPhone 15-related at the moment, it is hard to be 100% sure if this will end up happening.