Apple Insider believes that the Pro models may have quick Thunderbolt connectivity as part of a bigger transition to the USB-C connector for the iPhone 15 series.
Although the iPhone has been able to record 4K video for some time, downloading enormous files takes considerable patience. If Apple Insider’s predictions for the iPhone 15 come true, everything may change.
The analyst and frequent leaker from Apple’s supply chain claims in a series of Tweets on Wednesday night that his most recent supply chain checks suggest that the whole iPhone 15 lineup will switch to USB-C of some sort. However, the USB 2.0 speeds that were standard on the 10.9-inch iPad in 2022 and Lightning will still be included in what Apple Insider is referring to as the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
Additionally, the Apple Insider predicts that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will support Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.2 at speeds of at least 40 gigabits per second.
What is Thunderbolt Connectivity?
While Lightning supports USB 2.0 rates of up to 480 Mbps on all current iPhones, Thunderbolt 3 theoretically offers a bandwidth of up to 40 GBPS. An iPhone 15 Pro with a Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C connection would provide noticeably faster data transfer speeds using a Thunderbolt cable, making it considerably easier to move huge files, like 48-megapixel ProRAW photographs, on and off of the iPhone, even with practical performance limits.
Even if the iPhone 15 Pro versions only have USB 3.2 capability, that would still be a major improvement over Lightning, with theoretical transfer speeds ranging from 5 GBPS to 20 GBPS depending on the particular specification.