A major change is coming to iPhones. Apple announced that the new iPhone 15 will use USB C charging ports instead of the company’s proprietary Lightning charging cables.
For years, folks have had to keep separate chargers for Apple devices, and those who forgot their chargers had to hope that someone else was also an iPhone user since the same chargers wouldn’t work for Apple and Android phones.
Part of the reason for the change is that the European Union planned to enforce new regulations against Apple’s proprietary technology next year, so it was simpler to just make the change everywhere.
USB C connectors were an attempt to standardize the connections for all devices. USB C cables can transmit large quantities of data and are also capable of transmitting enough power to charge a laptop, doing away with the need for proprietary charging plugs. USB is compatible with USB 3.0 ports. In many ways, USB C is attempting to do what USB was created for in the first place, come up with a truly universal port and plug.
The new iPhone 15 starts at $800 and features a 48 mp camera with 4x optical zoom range and A16 Bionic chip with 5-core GPU.