The iPhone 15 will feature a USB-C charging port, replacing the Lightning cord, in response to pressure from the EU, making borrowing chargers from older iPhone models more difficult.
The upcoming iPhone 15 series is rumored to feature a switch from Lightning to USB-C ports, a design with skinnier bezels and a Dynamic Island cutout, easier repairability, upgraded ultra wideband for integration with Apple's AR headset, 15-watt wireless charging, a periscope-style telephoto lens, solid-state buttons for the Pro models, increased RAM for the Pro models, and potential price increases, with the iPhone 15 Pro Max possibly receiving a $100 to $200 price hike.
Millions of people who will enter the USB-C ecosystem with the iPhone 15 may encounter confusion over its capabilities, as the technology is tainted by uncertainty and lacks certification, resulting in varying data transfer and charging speeds.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 15 with a USB-C port and updated wireless charging, as well as the Apple Watch Series 9, at its upcoming event.
Apple is set to release the iPhone 15 with incremental improvements including a lighter design, better chip, battery life, camera, and a USB-C charging cable, but the smartphone market is slowing down as people hold on to their devices longer and there is less incentive to upgrade.
Apple's iPhone 15 Pro features a customizable Action Button, a new titanium design, a revamped A17 Pro chip, and a switch to USB-C for wired charging.
The iPhone 15 series does not bring significant improvements in battery life or charging speed, although it does introduce a USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector, which is a major convenience.
Apple has released new charge cables, including a 60W USB-C Charge Cable and a 240W USB-C Charge Cable, specifically designed for charging iPhone 15 models, iPads, and Macs.
The Chinese regulatory database reveals that the iPhone 15 has a 3,349mAh battery, while the iPhone 15 Pro has a 3,274mAh battery, and Apple's official battery life estimates for the iPhone 15 models are the same as the iPhone 14 models.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models have a new battery health setting that limits charging to 80% at all times, separate from the Optimized Battery Charging feature, in order to improve battery lifespan.
The iPhone 15 can be connected to an Android phone via USB-C, with the Android phone charging from the iPhone initially and then vice versa, but file transfers between the two phones were unsuccessful.
Anker is offering discounts on USB-C accessories for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro on Amazon, including portable batteries, a MagSafe-compatible charger stand, and USB-C wall chargers.