A number of sources are suggesting that Apple is going to use USB-C ports all over the iPhone 15 series, which sounds good, but it's not going to be the case behind the scenes.
As it stands now, the USB-C port used by the iPhone 15 Pro series will not have any shrinkage or limitation on data transfer, while the regular iPhone 15 series will have limited data transfer, probably to USB 2.0 level at best.
Behind Apple's reluctance to follow your lead is their commercial loss. If a rough estimate is made, the licensing fee of Lightning connector will be at least $5 billion every year.
The real commercial interests may be the original intention that Apple is reluctant to give up: there are two kinds of Lightning connector charging cables on the market, which are mainly produced by Apple and authorized accessory manufacturers. To be an Apple authorized accessory manufacturer, you must obtain Apple MFi certification, MFi certification is. Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad” "Is Apple's license to use the logo for external accessories produced by its authorized accessory manufacturers.
Manufacturers pay Apple multiple payments in the complex process from submitting an application to being successfully approved for MFi certification. Protection money. . Manufacturers that can pass Apple's rigorous MFi certification testing process usually need to have certain strength. Chinese listed companies such as Lvlian Technology and Anke Innovation pay a lot of MFi certification fees to Apple every year. If Lightning connector accessories are completely eliminated in the future, these listed companies do not need to participate in Apple's MFi certification, which can greatly reduce the cost.
According to foreign media estimates, Apple can earn $5 billion a year by selling Lightning charging cables and MFi certification, which even exceeds the annual revenue of many mobile phone manufacturers in China.
Even if the entire iPhone 15 uses USB-C ports, don't get too excited. Under the closed iOS system, Apple will have more ways to make money, and the $5 billion annual cost hole will have to be filled, industry insiders said.
In addition, a senior person engaged in investment banking said that if the domestic electronic equipment charging interface standard is unified, accelerate the market popularity of a single charging interface speed, will reduce the production cost of connector cable manufacturers, and may trigger a surge in market demand for a single charging interface, connector cable manufacturers will therefore usher in the golden period of shipment, good connector cable manufacturers;At the same time, due to the unified charging interface standard, the domestic consumer electronics industry will achieve more extensive scale development.