Apple is reportedly working on USB-C EarPods ahead of the iPhone 15 launch

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  • Apple hasn’t offered earphones on an iPhone for a while now, and that’s unlikely to change this year
  • The company currently sells the EarPods with a Lightning connector
  • USB-C iPhone 15 models could also have some data transfer restrictions if they use a non-MFi cable

If there’s one Apple iPhone 15 rumour that we’ve all been patiently waiting for, it’s the addition of the USB-C port for charging and data transfer. While USB-C ports are the norm for Android devices, Apple will be making the jump to this reversible connector for the first time on the iPhone series. Toward this end, we’re now learning that the manufacturer has already started developing USB-C-based earphones a.k.a, the EarPods for the next-gen iPhone.

The revelation comes from ShrimpApplePro on Twitter, who has a good track record of getting things right about upcoming Apple products. In a conversation with another Twitter user, ShrimpApplePro revealed that Apple’s MFi (Made for iPhone) branded USB-C cables and the aforementioned EarPods have been in “mass production for a while.”

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While the conversation between ShrimpApplePro and the other person was about the potential charging speeds of the next-gen iPhone lineup. The source also seems to suggest that USB-C cables for the iPhone will be marketed like existing MFi Lightning cables. This opens up the possibility of Apple placing some hard restrictions on using third-party cables, which a recent revelation seemed to corroborate.

Apple iPhone 15 rumoured specifications

Apple is unlikely to make any major changes to the display size of the new iPhones, though there could be a ton of other upgrades under the hood. Recent renders indicated that the display size could be bumped from 6.1 to 6.2 inches on the vanilla iPhone 15. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Plus could retain the 6.7-inch screen with minor tweaks.

Dynamic Island is also going to be a common feature across all iPhones this year, finally getting rid of that annoying notch on the top of the screen. USB-C will also be common, as we’ve already touched on. But rumours also point to Apple offering faster data transfer speeds on the iPhone 15 Pro models and restricting the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus to standard USB 2.0 speeds.

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The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus

In the camera department, the standard and Plus models of the iPhone 15 will also offer an upgraded rear camera sensor made by Sony. Overall, the new sensor could significantly improve the quality of photos, even in a scenario where backlighting is a problem.

It’s unlikely that early to tell if Apple will bundle USB-C EarPods with the iPhone 15, considering the fact that the company hasn’t offered a pair of earphones with its iPhones for a while now.

Source: ShrimpApplePro – Twitter


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