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Apple might release Thunderbolt cable for iPhone 15 Pro


New evidence points to high-speed Thunderbolt connector in iPhone 15
The USB-C port in the iPhone 15 series could be blazing fast.
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Good news for those hoping iPhone 15 Pro will support very high-speed data transfers: Images supposedly showing a Thunderbolt cable specifically for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max just leaked out. This offers yet another indication that Apple’s next handsets will be able to move data at up to 40Gbps.

Whether the iPhone Thunderbolt cable will be released is open to question — it’s almost completely redundant.

iPhone 15 Pro and Thunderbolt

Apple’s Lightning port/connector is about to ride off into the sunset. The European Union is forcing a change to USB-C. Numerous leaks point to the iPhone 15 series being the first to make the change.

But USB-C ports support a wide range of data-transfer speeds. The one in Apple’s next handsets could be as slow as 480Mbps. But it might be much faster. Maybe 80 times faster.

“Looks [like] Apple has actually tested a Thunderbolt cable for the iPhone 15 Pro and it will probably be released exclusively for the Pro models,” said a tipster who goes by Majin Bu.

If true, it means the handsets will be able to transfer files, updates and other data at up to 40Gbps. Such super-fast data transmission would benefit filmmakers recording high-resolution video on Apple handsets.

To get technical, the 28-inch (70 cm) cable allegedly will support USB 4 gen 2, and be able to handle a 4K monitor at 60Hz.

Earlier leaks also pointed to the iPhone 15 series supporting Thunderbolt. One even said the feature won’t be restricted to the two Pro models, but all the 2023 iOS handsets will get it.

In the box? Maybe.

It’s not clear at this point whether any of the iPhone 15 models will ship with a Thunderbolt-compatible cable in the box.

Earlier reports revealed details on the USB-C cables that supposedly will ship with the upcoming handsets. And while colorful and durable, they might be quite slow.

Apple might offer a faster version as a separate product, but a Thunderbolt cable is a Thunderbolt cable. A special iPhone 15 Pro version likely would offer the same features as any other Thunderbolt cable already on the market.


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