After 11 years of utilizing the Lightning connector, Apple is finally embracing USB-C port for its iPhone 15 series. This move comes as no surprise, considering that USB-C has become the global standard in the tech industry, being used in Android devices, laptops, wireless earbuds, cameras, gaming consoles, and more.

Today, we will explore why Apple has decided to make this change, the benefits of switching to USB-C, the downsides associated with the transition, and what it means for Lightning moving forward.

Why Apple switched to USB-C?

The decision to adopt USB-C for iPhones is partly driven by strict European Union regulations. To improve cross-compatibility, the EU has mandated that gadgets sold in the region must come with a USB-C port by December 2024.


While Apple initially resisted these regulations, citing concerns about stifling innovation and increasing e-waste, the company ultimately had to comply with the USB-C requirement. This change is also part of Apple’s gradual adoption of USB-C across its lineup, starting with MacBooks in 2015 and later expanding to iPads.

What’s the benefit of switching to USB-C?

The transition to USB-C brings convenience and universality. USB-C allows for charging and data transfer across multiple devices, enabling users to use the same cable for different devices. This means you can charge your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook with a single USB-C cable. Its reversible design allows users to plug it in any orientation, and it supports fast charging and high-speed data transfer.

USB-C on iPhone 15 vs iPhone 15 Pro and Max: What’s different?


Data transfer speed

While the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max all support USB-C, there are some differences. The USB-C port on the iPhone 15 only supports USB 2.0 speed, enabling data transfer at 480 megabits per second (Mbps). On the other hand, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max boast a USB-C port with USB 3.0 speed, allowing for data transfer at a much faster 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). This means that the iPhone 15 Pro series offers data transfer speeds over 10 times faster compared to the standard iPhone 15.

Fast charging

Another notable difference between the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lies in their charging capabilities. Reports say the USB-C port on the iPhone 15 Pro and Max supports higher wattage charging of up to 35W, enabling faster charging times when used with a compatible charger. For comparison, last year’s iPhone 14 Pro only supports up to 27W fast charging while the standard iPhone 14 is capped at 20W.


What about the old lightning cables?

The transition from Lightning to USB-C necessitates the use of new cables and adapters for connecting iPhones to other devices that still utilize Lightning, like AirPods and old iPhones.

It’s important to note that this change doesn’t affect old iPhone users, unless they decide to upgrade to the latest model. Apple offers USB-C cables starting at Php1,190, with pricing varying based on length and charging speed support. There will also be Lightning to USB-C connectors available soon.

The new Apple iPhone 15 series will be available in select markets later this month. For the complete pricing in the Philippines, check out this page.

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