Last weekend I published a piece on Xataka under the headline “What they didn’t tell me about fast charging: there is absolute chaos with no solution in sight.” In it, he recounted the drama that Android manufacturers are deliberately limiting charging speeds with their own standards that force us to buy an original charger and cable to achieve maximum charging peaks.
Kuo, the heaviest name in terms of Apple rumors, has confirmed the information that sounded a month ago: if we want to charge the iPhone fast, we will not be able to do it with any cable.
USB-C, by imposition. It is no secret that the iPhone 15 Pro will arrive with USB-C, due to EU requirements rather than Apple’s conviction. All eyes pointed to the fact that, despite implementing the C port, Apple would limit its features based on its own standards. That will be the case, Kuo explains.
Better fast charging. According to Kuo, Apple will improve the fast charging system of the iPhone 15 Pro. Currently, we are talking about 20W of maximum power for the 14 and 14 Plus, 27W in the case of the Pro models. There is no fixed figure for the new generation, but a jump is expected on this side. Currently, rivals like Samsung play in the 45W league, more than 100W in the case of Chinese mobiles.
It remains to be seen where Apple ends up, trying to strike a balance between moderate charging speeds and battery life in line with what is expected of an iPhone.
But only if you go through the box. Kuo claims that maximum charging speeds will only work if we use Apple-certified USB-C cables. There is no news on whether or not it will be necessary to also buy chargers signed by the company. For the moment, it seems that everything will be restricted to the protocols of the cable itself, which must be MFI (made for iPhone).
That being the case, the USB-C cables you have at home to charge the iPhone 15 Pro to the maximum will not be worth it, nor will those that you buy and do not have MFI certification. Only the cable in the box will be valid and, in case of loss or breakage, you will have to go through the box.
A half implementation. At the beginning of the month we had information related to USB-C from Apple. Rumors suggested that Foxconn was already working on MFI accessories for future iPhones, and leaker ShrimpApplePro flirted with the idea of Apple limiting the maximum charging speed on the iPhone 15.
Apple is going to do very well. Kuo is not alone in this fact. He says that Apple’s forecasts for charging to sell its USB-C chargers are very high, specifically, between 30 and 40% more (remember that the iPhone 15 will arrive without a charger, only with a cable).
The news does not come alone. It is not the only news of the day related to the iPhone 15. This phone will break with the legacy of the original iPhone, saying goodbye to the mute button. The CAD (factory drawings) of the new iPhone 15 Pro point to a haptic button to replace the classic switch with on/off position of this device. It remains to be seen if the rest of the buttons stop being physical, and how Apple resolves the great leap towards this “virtual” button panel.
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