One of the main novelties of the new iPhone 15 is precisely the fact that it has a USB-C connector, saying goodbye to a decade of the Lightning cable that powers various products from the Cupertino company, such as the iPhone, iPad, or AirPods.
However, If you want to use your iPhone’s USB-C port, you’ll have to purchase a very expensive cable separately from Apple. The tradition of selling accessories at insane prices is still alive with the North American company, which knows it’s making good money off those limitations. What do you think? We’re certainly not surprised either.
At least that’s what analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported. Also, a Twitter user (now X) has stated that it has access to Apple’s new USB-C Thunderbolt cables. Not only are they significantly thicker than the 1.5-meter cables that come with the iPhone box, they are also significantly shorter, just 80 centimeters to be precise.
Data transferring cable for iPhone 15 Pro- which sold separately. Up to 120W Charge, features USB4 Gen2. Length 0.8m.(Different than existing thunderbolt one)
(Already got this since feb)(DVT Sample)#Apple #appleinternal pic.twitter.com/M5genGQ2NK
— Kosutami (@KosutamiSan) August 25, 2023
With that in mind, the standard connection with the cable included with the iPhone 15 will be limited to the basic USB-C 2.0 with transfer speeds of 480 Mbps (the same as the Lightning cable), with no more features than expected. Only the “Pro” models of the iPhone 15 will have access to a USB-C Thunderbolt 3.2 port.
Be that as it may, the USB-C Thunderbolt cable that Apple sells on its official store costs a spectacular €149, while an equivalent from Belkin, a trusted brand that usually works with MFi products, would only cost €30. Therefore, We can imagine the new USB-C Thunderbolt cable for your iPhone 15 Pro costing around €60.
For the umpteenth time, Apple commits to separately selling a product that is designed and essential to take advantage of the device’s native capabilities.