Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max may finally bring faster data speeds. According to a report, Apple may be planning to upgrade the Lightning connector on the Pro models to support USB 3.0 speed, which maxes out at around 5Gbps, as opposed to the speed of 480Mbps that is associated with existing USB 2.0 connections. But while this is good news for iPhone buyers, Apple may still not be planning to replace its Lightning connector technology with USB-C.
Per a report by iDropNews, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models may be equipped with a better version of Lightning connector technology, which, in ideal conditions, could offer a high speed of 5Gbps for data transfer. This could be useful for people who often connect their iPhones to different devices to transfer photos, videos, and other data. However, contrary to some reports that said Apple might include a USB-C port on this year’s iPhone, the Lightning connector is going to stay apparently.
Apple has been embroiled in multiple controversies around the lack of a USB-C port on the iPhone. The iPhone, ever since the revamp, has been using the Lightning connector, which is the company’s proprietary technology for charging and data transfers. Interestingly, Apple’s more expensive iPad models come with a USB-C port for better accessibility and performance, prompting iPhone users to demand a USB-C port on the iPhone. But Apple does not seem to have such plans yet.
According to the report, Apple has licensed its Lightning technology to third-party manufacturers that make cables, adapters, and other accessories for the iPhone. The licensing is how Apple makes a lot of money currently since the iPhone is its highest-selling product. Switching to USB-C technology could finish Apple’s licensing business because of the universal adoption of the Type-C technology that does not require exclusive licensing.
With USB 3.0 speeds, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could allow users to transfer data at higher speeds — much like what they get on the high-end iPad currently. Since the iPhone 14 Pro series is expected to come with up to 1TB storage capacity, high-speed data transfer could be useful.
The USB-C port may still be far away for the iPhones, but rumours have even suggested a portless iPhone that Apple is planning to launch in the future. According to the report, the portless iPhone may not arrive for at least two more generations, probably because Apple takes time to finesse the features on its products before they are ready for customers to experience. The same could be said about the USB-C port, but Apple has other engagements in the form of licensing money that stop it from making the switch.