Images of Alleged iPhone 15 USB-C Connector Parts Leak Online

Alleged images of iPhone 15 USB-C connector ports have today been leaked online, in yet another indication that Apple is this year preparing to make the switch from Lightning to the USB-C charging standard.

iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature
The consolidated images below, shared by leakers @lipilipsi and @John011235 on X (formerly Twitter), purportedly show the USB-C connector ports attached to the flexible PCB component parts that will be used in the standard iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

All 2023 iPhone 15 models are expected to feature USB-C instead of Lightning. Reliable sources that include Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and others, have said that Apple is going to make the change.

The switch will allow Apple to comply with new regulations implemented in the European Union. These regulations require Apple to produce iPhones with USB-C ports in EU, so Apple had to either make a worldwide design swap or develop special iPhones for sale in the EU.

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The iPhone 15 Pro models with USB-C ports are expected to support higher-speed data transfers, while the standard iPhone 15 models will continue to feature USB 2.0 speeds – the same as Lightning – giving the Pro models an edge.

Leaker ShrimpApplePro has said that iPhone 15 models will only officially support USB-C accessories certified by the Apple Made for iPhone (MFi) program. Apple supplier Foxconn is allegedly producing accessories like EarPods and cables with USB-C connectors that are MFi certified.

The MFi USB-C certification could be used to limit features like fast charging and high-speed data transfers to Apple-approved accessories. ShrimpApplePro says that cables with no MFi certification will be limited in data and charging speed. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also suggested that Apple will require Made for iPhone certification for USB-C chargers that are able to fast charge the iPhone.

Apple's annual iPhone event is expected to take place on either Tuesday, September 12, or Wednesday, September 13, this year, according to Gurman.

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Top Rated Comments

1Peace Avatar
12 months ago
iPhone 15&15Plus with USB 2.0 speeds. Come on Apple it’s 2023 not 2013.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nimrad Avatar
12 months ago

Apple is the only company in the world with a 3nm processor in 2023.

Media: WOW, USB-C!!!

Got it, nice, but I guarantee you 95% of users don’t care.
Are you serious? Users have no idea what 3nm processors even means. USB-C however is a thing users actually will notice. At this point most of us have more USB-C cables than lightning.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MuppetGate Avatar
12 months ago

explain yourself. what about lightning is better than USB-C?
The part that can be damaged is on the cable, not inside phone.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SpotOnT Avatar
12 months ago

what about lightning is better than USB-C?
They are easier to clean out (when the port gets filled with pocket fuzz) and easier to dry out (when the phone gets wet). The “tung” on usb-c just gets in the way.

I will miss the lighting port on the phone.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ofarlig Avatar
12 months ago

Again with EU rules the world........this should be about the people just political BS
EU doesn’t rule the world, EU decides what can be sold within EU. Apple is free to either not sell their products in the EU or make a special version just for EU. Nothing weird with a country or union dictating what is allowed within their regulatory region, more or less every country does that.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5232152 Avatar
12 months ago

switching to usb-c is terrible for the environment. thanks EU for this disaster.
Your comment adds insight other than slandering the only practical working democracy in the world. Just because Apple can't pay off EU politicians as they do in the US does not make the decision terrible; it makes it less biased.
It's obviously the only right path forward, as anyone with insight will tell you. Now the EU will make interchangeable batteries the next step to avoid insane markups by Apple. I can't wait to hear how you will defend a billion-dollar cooperation over the planet.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)