Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will include a USB-C port that supports at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3, which would give the devices a considerable speed boost over current models. While the Lightning port on all currently available iPhones┬áis limited to USB 2.0 rates of up to 480 Mbps, Thunderbolt 3 theoretically offers a bandwidth of up to 40 Gbps.

An iPhone 15 Pro equipped with a Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C connection would allow for substantially faster data transfer speeds using a Thunderbolt cable, making it much easier to get large files on and off the device, such as 48-megapixel ProRAW photographs. This is despite real-world performance restrictions.

Thunderbolt Port On iPhone 15 Pro Rumored To Have Significant Advantages Over Lightning!

Even if the iPhone 15 Pro only supports USB 3.2, that still translates to transfer speeds between 5 Gbps and 20 Gbps (depending on the actual specification), making it vastly superior to Lightning. Even the standard iPad, if it has a USB-C port, usually has better transfer speeds.

Thunderbolt 3 on iPad Pro versions with the M1 processor and later allows for transfer rates of up to 40 Gbps, while the iPad Air 5 can handle 10 Gbps, and the iPad Air 4 and the most recent iPad mini can handle transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps.

Thunderbolt Port On iPhone 15 Pro Rumored To Have Significant Advantages Over Lightning!

The only device that falls short is the new standard iPad (10th generation), which uses a USB-C connector but can only achieve USB 2.0 speeds. Kuo predicted that despite moving to a USB-C port, both the basic iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus would be limited to USB 2.0 speeds, much like the 10th-generation iPad. Faster wireless data transfers would still be possible with AirDrop on these gadgets.

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