Our worries about the iPhone 15’s USB-C port may have just come true

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Kuo claims that the iPhone 15’s fastest charging speeds will only work if you have a USB-C cable certified by Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program. So even if you have an Apple-made USB-C charger, you won’t be able to enjoy fast charging speeds unless you have the right cable. Kuo also claims that while all iPhone 15 models will have USB-C, only the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will benefit from USB 3.2’s 20Gbps data transfer speeds. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will apparently be stuck on USB 2.0, offering the same 480Mbps data transfer rates as Apple’s Lightning port and the low-end iPad 10.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is the latest voice suggesting that Apple will limit charging speeds for iPhone 15 users who don’t switch to Apple-certified chargers and cables.

Apple hasn’t put any restrictions on USB-C on iPads or Macs, both of which have had the port for several years. So the question is, why is Apple starting to impose this restriction now?

In previous comments, Apple noted that the MFi program has always been about protecting customers, making sure their cables and accessories are safe and genuine. The Made for iPhone stamp means that consumers know they are buying a product that is guaranteed to work with their device and that it is not some kind of fake product.

MFi is also designed to ensure that Apple accessories pass rigorous quality tests and are safe to use. MFi chargers, even if not made by Apple, won’t catch fire and burn down your house on their own. The unbranded chargers you find on Amazon don’t have the same warranty.

Given this position, Apple would likely argue that adapting the MFi for USB-C cables and accessories is what’s best for its customers. That way, those customers know that no matter what port their phone is plugged into, Apple-approved chargers and accessories will work properly and safely.

In fact, Apple only needs to cite stories from the early days of USB-C to prove its point. At the time there were several cases of fake cables and chargers catching fire. The situation was so bad that Amazon banned the sale of USB-C cables that did not meet the standards set by the USB Implementers Forum.

The question, of course, is why Apple waited so long to implement a strict USB-C certification system. The first USB-C MacBook launched in 2015, while the first USB-C iPad launched in 2018. In fact, the company is only doing it now, with the imminent launch of the iPhone 15. USB-C seems strange to me.

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