Apple's iPhone 14 Pro Lightning port is still limited to USB 2.0

Apple's latest iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models have a new rear main camera that can capture 48-megapixel ProRAW photos, thereby preserving more details in image files to improve later operability. According to Apple, 48-megapixel ProRAW photos are very large files, at around 75MB each, and larger.

However, despite the size of these images, reviewers have now confirmed that the Lightning port on the iPhone 14 Pro models is still capped at a maximum speed of 480Mbps USB 2.0 like previous models, meaning photographers need to Transfer full-resolution 48-megapixel ProRAW photos to a Mac or other device using a Lightning cable will take a long time.

Of course, Apple recommends using iCloud to view ProRAW files on a Mac or other Apple devices or using AirDrop to send photos wirelessly to other devices, but Lightning is still a bottleneck anyway. As early as 2015, Apple brought USB 3.0 support with the Lightning port on the iPad Pro. According to the specifications at the time, it could reach a speed of 5Gbps, but Apple did not popularize this technology for the iPhone, which caused some users to be dissatisfied.

Fortunately, existing reports indicate that the next-generation iPhone 15 series models will be equipped with a USB-C interface, ditching the old Lightning interface, allowing speeds to reach 10Gbps, and even 40Gbps with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Apple has previously provided a USB-C interface on every Mac and almost every iPad it sells, and even Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, some Beats headphones, and some other accessories use USB-C. C. Rumor has it that the upcoming 10th-generation entry-level iPad will also feature a USB-C port, as will next year's AirPods charging case and MagSafe battery pack.

The EU proposes legislation to require all smartphones and accessories to be charged using a USB-C port starting in the fall of 2024. The Verge said the agreement has the biggest impact on Apple, which is the only major smartphone maker still using a proprietary interface instead of USB-C. In 2021, Apple will sell 241 million iPhones worldwide, of which about 56 million will be sold in Europe.

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