We have known for a while that Apple is likely to substitute the Lightning port on each iPhone 15 edition with a USB-C connection this year. However, we have only recently begun to learn how these new ports for charging will improve the usability of the company’s following handsets or potentially restrict it.
New photos of the iPhone 15 Plus have been released to X by the serial Apple source Majin Bu. These images suggest that Apple will incorporate a 3LD3 chip that has been made specifically by Apple in the USB-C connector of the forthcoming iPhone 15, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the iPhone 15 Pro, and the iPhone 15 Plus.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, according to the follow-up article that Bu made, this mystery chip could either enhance the data security of the iPhone 15 against compromise or restrict the speeds of charging devices that are sold by third parties.
If the former is the case, then this is excellent news for those who are considering purchasing an iPhone 15. It is good knowledge that wired charging methods leave cell phones vulnerable to malicious data theft. In particular, iPhones have proven to be an extremely appealing subject for hacking data which utilize free charging facilities to install malicious software on smartphones.
Although it is possible for cables in corrupted charging stations to be connected to your iPhone’s data ports, it is expected that this Apple-made 3LD3 microchip will restrict the possibility of any unauthorized data transfer.
On the other hand, if the 2nd of Bu’s suggestions turns out to be accurate, then Apple might find itself in the middle of a political fight. For the benefit of those who aren’t in the know, a recently enacted EU rule mandates that beginning at the end of 2024, all newly developed technological devices that are marketed in countries that are members of the EU must be equipped with USB-C charging connectors.
As of right now, it appears that Apple will be able to fulfill that criterion with the fifteenth model in the iPhone 15 series.
When it pertains to the speed of charging as well as charger compatibility, however, the purpose of this brand-new EU law is to create a level playing field for all parties involved. If the purpose of this 3LD3 chip is to offer Apple’s own charging accessories an advantage over those manufactured by third-party companies, then the firm is purposefully subverting the directive that was established by the EU.
It was true that rumors said Apple was planning something like this. Many people, including ourselves, had assumed that Apple-made chargers would allow for faster-charging velocity on the iPhone 15 compared to third-party battery chargers from other companies because of reports that the tech giant planned to implement MFi (‘Made for iPhone’) accreditation on its entire line of USB-C accessories.
In response to these claims, the EU issued its own cautionary statement to Apple, advising the company against taking such action and stressing its wish to maintain parity in the billing landscape. EU Industry Director Thierry Breton went even so far as to warn the business that it will restrict iPhones from being distributed in member nations (including Apple France, Germany, and Spain) if it seeks to circumvent the new USB-C charging rules that the EU has implemented.
It is important to note that the implementation of this legislation is not scheduled to take effect until the year 2024, and as a result, Apple is not legally required to comply with the EU’s warning until that year. Having said that, given that the business will almost certainly install charging ports with USB-C on its latest iPhones a year before it is absolutely required to do so, you would anticipate that these ports will be in complete compliance with the requirements that have been established by the EU.
In any event, you will still be allowed to use USB-C chargers manufactured by third parties to recharge your iPhone 15; however, it is possible that these devices won’t perform their magic nearly as swiftly as equivalent first-party chargers that are purchased straight from Apple.
Since Apple no more includes chargers in the packaging with iPhone buys, you will almost surely need to fork out additional cash to purchase one of the company’s own charging adapters if you want to make the most out of your iPhone 15. Although this may sound like a good thing for die-hard Apple followers, Apple no longer provides chargers within the packing with iPhone sales.