As we get closer to the expected unveiling of the iPhone 15, rumors are flying about the features and changes that could be coming to Apple’s next iPhone. A new report says that some iPhone 15 models will support faster charging speeds, thanks to USB-C.
At least some of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 models will support charging up to 35 watts, according to a report Thursday from 9to5Mac, citing unnamed industry sources.
Higher wattage usually means faster charging. Apple says that the iPhone 14 series supports 20-watt wired fast charging that can recharge your iPhone up to 50% in about 30 minutes.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 is rumored to have a USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector, which may allow for faster charging. Last year, Apple confirmed that it would comply with the European Union’s mandate that new phones work with a common USB-C cable by 2024. However, we don’t know exactly how or when Apple will make this change. It is possible that only a few models in the iPhone 15 line will switch to USB-C, or that the change will only come to iPhones sold in Europe.
The increased charging speed may be acceptable, but they still fall short of what some of Apple’s competitors offer. Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Plus and S23 Ultra support 45-watt fast charging, and the Lenovo ThinkPhone supports 68-watt fast charging, one of the fastest options available in the US. Outside the US, the Xiaomi 13 Pro supports 120-watt charging, which means that its 4,820-mAh battery can be fully charged in about 20 minutes.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
For more on Apple, check out CNET’s list of the best iPhone 14 fast chargers and learn what to do if your iPhone is charging slowly.