Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 15 is set to make a significant shift from its traditional Lightning port. The tech giant is expected to adopt the USB-C standard for its latest device. This move is not entirely voluntary; Apple's decision comes after EU regulators voted last year to standardize ports across devices.
Although manufacturers were given until the end of 2024 to implement the technology, Apple seems to be taking the initiative earlier. This transition is seen as a response to various regional governing bodies that might adopt the EU's stance for consumer advocacy and e-waste reduction reasons.
Since Apple made its decision, leaks of the USB-C cable/port have shown up online. Last month, details about the USB-C cable for the iPhone 15 leaked. Specifically, the cable will support 35W fast charging, which is an upgrade on the 27W charging the current iPhone 14 models support.
Alongside the EU's decision to standardize to a single cable, India has taken a similar stance, banning Lightning ports in favor of USB-C. That meant Apple was forced to ditch the Lightning port and finally turn to USB-C after years of rejecting the standard.
iPhone 15 Features and Specifications
The iPhone 15 Ultra might come with a 6.7-inch display, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a new “Action” button, replacing the traditional Mute button. This new button, inspired by the Apple Watch Ultra, is said to offer various customizable shortcuts.
As the iPhone 15 event approaches, Apple's retail strategy is gearing up. There are indications that Apple will place a more significant emphasis on in-store setup for iPhone buyers this year. Apple Stores are also preparing for a “merchandise reset” on the day of Apple's “Wonderlust” event.
This could hint at the immediate availability of some announced products in retail stores. While the new iPhone 15 and Apple Watch might not be available right away, new accessories and updated AirPods Pro with USB-C charging could hit the shelves sooner.