September 27, 2023
These secret USB-C features make the iPhone 15 even better

Fixing the iPhone’s switch to USB-C seems almost silly. For one, the port – as opposed to Lightning (RIP) – has already been a standard among other gadgets, even some in Apple’s own ecosystem. This is not some new, sexy, technology. USB-C on the iPhone is just a long, slow concession from Apple.

That being said, this is a concession that (sexy or not) is bringing real, material change to the iPhone 15 series. And, as mentioned reverse Ray Wong, who recently reviewed the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, notes those benefits aren’t just limited to things like data transfer speeds.

So in the spirit of celebrating USB-C, here are the hidden benefits of the iPhone 15’s lack of Lightning.

Reverse charging with USB-C

However when it comes to USB-C it’s data transfer speeds that steal the show – the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max can hit speeds of 10Gbps with a USB 3.2 cable, while Lightning tops out at 480Mbps – that’s where USB -C’s fun never stops.

Finally, Apple’s USB-C revolution is here.

Photo by Ray Wong

With the switch to USB-C, you can now reverse charge other devices with a USB-C cable. As mentioned in our iPhone 15 Pro review, the USB-C to USB-C cable can now reverse charge other Apple devices like the AirPods case or the Apple Watch.

You can also charge another iPhone, as we noted, whichever phone has less battery will charge. In fairness to all Samsung or Google fans it’s worth noting that this is a feature that has been present in Android phones for some time.

Connecting your iPhone 15 to a USB-C display

Although you’ve long been able to link your iPhone to an external monitor, switching to USB-C (not surprisingly) makes the process easier and higher quality.

With the proper cable — a USB-C to DisplayPort — you can link your iPhone Pro or Pro Max to a compatible display for big-screen viewing. As we’ve noted, the maximum output is 4K resolution in HDR at 60 fps, which should make watching your chosen content look great on the big screen.

The use of USB-C in this case certainly increases the ease of connecting your iPhone to the display, given that you don’t need a Lightning dongle. I know, I know – I’d miss even keeping track of 12 dongles.


The benefits of USB-C are clear throughout. is this nonsense or not All Can the iPhone 15s take advantage of higher data transfer speeds? Yes. Yes it is. But I think I speak for almost everyone when I say that Lightning won’t necessarily be abandoned.

Now all that is left is to give us an iPhone with fast charging.

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