Apple confirms new iPhone to feature USB-C with 15 launch

Apple's iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus feature the company's A16 Bionic chip, industry-leading durability features and a much-discussed USB‑C charging port

​​​​​​​Apple has revealed the latest edition of its iPhone - the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus - featuring a new A16 Bionic chip, Precision Finding for Find My friends, industry-leading durability features and a much-discussed USB‑C connector.

The company had been expected to announce its latest device would feature a USB-C connector, in order to comply with a change in EU law which mandated that, by the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU would need a universal USB Type-C charging port.

Research predicts that the new law will help consumers save up to €250m a year on unnecessary charger purchases, and represent a saving of around 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year. 

“iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus represent a huge leap forward with exciting camera innovations that inspire creativity, the intuitive Dynamic Island, and the A16 Bionic chip for proven powerful performance,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “We’re also pushing the power of computational photography to new levels this year with a 48MP Main camera featuring a new 24MP default for super-high-resolution photos, a new 2x Telephoto option, and next-generation portraits.”

Both models use a USB‑C connector, a universally accepted standard for charging and transferring data, allowing the same cable to charge iPhone, Mac, iPad, and Apple’s updated AirPods Pro (2nd generation). Users can also charge AirPods or Apple Watch directly from their iPhone with the USB‑C connector. Both models support MagSafe and future Qi2 chargers for wireless charging.

Both models feature the second-generation Ultra Wideband chip, enabling two iPhone devices with this chip to connect at three times the range as before. This opens up a new way to use Precision Finding for Find My friends, so iPhone 15 users can share their location and find each other, even in crowds. Precision Finding is built with the same privacy protections that users have come to trust in Find My.

Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip faster and more efficient

The A16 Bionic chip brings proven performance to iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, powering the Dynamic Island, computational photography capabilities, and more. With two high-performance cores that use 20% less power and four high-efficiency cores, Apple says the six-core CPU is faster than the previous generation and can handles intensive tasks while delivering extraordinary battery life. The five-core GPU, meanwhile, has 50% more memory bandwidth for smooth graphics when streaming videos and playing games.

The iPhone 15 lineup offers critical safety capabilities to provide assistance when it matters most, including Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite - building on satellite capabilities announced last year.

Sustainability at the forefront of latest iPhone generation

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are designed with the environment in mind. As Apple continues to work toward its 2030 goal of making every product carbon neutral — from design to manufacturing to customer use — the company is prioritising clean electricity across the entire supply chain and designing products with recycled and other low-carbon materials. iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus now use even more recycled content, with 100% recycled cobalt in the battery and 100 percent recycled copper in the main logic board, copper wire in the Taptic Engine, and copper foil in the inductive charger in MagSafe — all firsts for iPhone. Both models also include 75 percent recycled aluminium in the enclosure, 100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets, and 100% recycled gold in the USB‑C connector as well as the gold plating and tin soldering in multiple printed circuit boards. The iPhone 15 lineup meets Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency and is free of mercury, PVC, and beryllium. Over 99% of the packaging is fibre-based, bringing Apple closer to its goal of completely removing plastic from its packaging by 2025.

To further reduce impact on the planet, Apple says it will no longer use leather in any new Apple products, including iPhone accessories. Apple is introducing a new FineWoven Case with MagSafe and FineWoven Wallet with MagSafe, made from a durable and elegant microtwill with a soft, suedelike feel. The material is made from 68% post-consumer recycled content and has significantly lower carbon emissions compared to leather.

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