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Apple has finally adopted the USB-C port in its iPhone 15 series, which has brought many changes. The company detailed these things in a new support document, highlighting its latest smartphones’ capabilities to connect to Mac, iPad, AirPods Pro (2nd generation), external storage devices, and displays.

The connection requires a USB-C cable compliant with the USB-C standard. The package of the iPhone 15 comes with a cable, but it only supports USB 2. As such, users would have to buy the optional USB 3.1 cable (or higher) from Apple or other brands to connect the iPhone 15 with high-resolution displays. Apple pointed out that this should allow connections to USB-C displays at up to 4K resolution and 60Hz.

“iPhone also supports high-dynamic-range USB-C displays,” Apple adds. “You can switch between SDR and HDR modes by going to Settings > Display & Brightness and selecting your connected display. iPhone matches the frame rate and dynamic range of currently playing content when you turn on Allow Display Mode Changes.”

Aside from USB-C displays, the iPhone 15 also complements HDMI displays and TVs using a USB-C to HDMI adapter or cable. When used with a connector with HDMI 2.0, the iPhone can also produce video to the displays at up to 4K resolution and 60Hz. This includes the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, which can support HDR10 or Dolby Vision if the display has HDR.

Apple also notes in the document all the other devices the iPhone 15 can connect to, including CarPlay-compatible cars, external storage devices, monitors and external displays, microphones, external battery packs, USB to Ethernet adapters, and SD cards using SD card adapters. The unit might charge when connected to the devices. Conversely, the iPhone 15 can also charge AirPods and Apple Watch.

On the other hand, as revealed during the Wonderlust event, Apple also reiterated the ability of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max to record ProRes video directly to an external storage device, up to 4K at 60 frames per second. Aside from this, Apple stressed that the optional cable further benefits iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max by allowing USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds up to 10Gbit per second.

For more information about iPhone 15’s USB-C port, click here.


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