iPhone 15 Pro may get a Thunderbolt port, but iPhone 15 will likely miss out

The latest leak has revealed a big upgrade for the iPhone 15 Pro models which will make them very much different from the standard iPhone 15 models.

| Updated on: Apr 27 2023, 20:24 IST
iPhone 15 Pro Max CHALLENGES Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with this MAJOR camera upgrade
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1/5 Apple is expected to announce its new iPhone 15 lineup at the September event, and the leaks and rumours have been coming thick and fast. As per the latest detail, Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max will be competing with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra in terms of camera performance. A recent report has revealed that the iPhone 15 Pro Max could get an optical zoom lens with 5-6x zoom capabilities. (HT Tech)
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2/5 According to a report by MacRumours, the periscope camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max could have almost double the optical zoom as the current iPhones. Just a few weeks ago, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple had chosen parts manufacturer Largan to make the periscope lens for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. (HT Tech)
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3/5 MacRumours now report that this new periscope camera, which would be built into the telephoto lens, could offer 5-6x optical zoom, which is almost double the 3x zoom offered by the current iPhone 14 Pro Max. It is an exclusive feature that will be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro Max only, according to reports. (HT Tech)
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4/5 Advantages of Periscope camera: By redirecting light from the camera's aperture to align with the phone's body, periscope lenses enhance the camera's zooming capabilities without adding thickness to the camera module. This is particularly important for phones to remain pocketable and easy to carry. (HT Tech)
iPhone 14 Pro Max
5/5 The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra takes advantage of this technology to offer a stunning 10x zoom via a folded periscope lens. According to reports, the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s periscope lens could feature 5x or 6x zoom, which beats the current 3x magnification offered by the current flagship iPhone models. (HT Tech)
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The iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to get a Thunderbolt port. (Representative Image) (Unsplash)

This year, Apple is all set to bring a big change to the iPhone 15 series ports. Several leaks have suggested that iPhone 15 series would be the first iPhone series to ever include a USB-C port. This comes after the European Union's order, which left Apple with no alternative but to include a USB Type-C port in its iPhones. So far, it has been confirmed all four of this year's iPhone 15 models will make the switch from Lightning to USB-C. Now the latest leak from tipster @analyst941 suggests that the iPhone 15 Pro models will support Thunderbolt 3 port.

On the other hand, the standard models of the series – the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to come with USB 2.0 transfer speeds. The difference in the iPhone 15 Pro models' Thunderbolt port support is mainly due to an addition of a feature for videographers. As per the leakster, there's a new cinematography feature that enables live 4K Thunderbolt outputs to monitors during recording. This means that you can connect your phone, which has all the camera controls, to a monitor that displays live 4K camera footage in a 16:9 aspect ratio, without any controls, says the tipster.

Difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt port

While both USB-C and Thunderbolt ports are widely used, they are not identical. Although Thunderbolt ports are fully compatible with USB-C devices and cables, they offer several distinct features that sets them apart from USB-C ports. For example, Thunderbolt ports allow you to connect external 4K monitors and Thunderbolt expansion docks to your computer.

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iPhone 15 Pro models expected upgrades

Apart from this Thunderbolt port, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to feature several new upgrades that will make them distinct from the standard versions of the series. They are expected to pack a new A17 chip, 5G connectivity, a new titanium design, and a larger camera sensor for better photography.

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First Published Date: 27 Apr, 20:22 IST