According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will most certainly be getting rid of the Lightning connector on its iPhone 15, finally shifting over to USB-C. What's interesting is that Kuo reports that Apple will use two different USB-C ports on its iPhones for next year. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will reportedly have a standard USB-C port, with wired transfer speeds that will be on par with the current Lightning connector. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will have substantially better transfer speeds, with Kuo stating the phones "will support at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3."
(5/7)— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
My latest survey indicates all 2H23 new iPhones will abandon Lightning and change to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) will support the wired high-speed transfer, and the two standard ones (15 & 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 same as Lightning.
(7/7)— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
This spec upgrade and the new trend will drive Apple ecosystem's demand for high-speed transfer chips and competitors' imitation (almost all Android phones currently only support USB 2.0), and it's also conducive to the growth of the high-speed transfer IC design industry.