New iPhone 15 rumor hints at our worst USB-C charging fears

A Lightning charger and USB-C charger next to an iPhone 14
Apple is rumored to introduce USB-C charging with the iPhone 15 line (Image credit: Shutterstock / charnsitr)

We’re all but certain that Apple plans to embrace USB-C with its upcoming iPhone 15 line, and new rumors suggest that the company’s proprietary USB-C chargers will offer faster charging speeds than accessories produced by other manufacturers. 

We’ve already reported on claims that Apple will be implementing MFi (‘Made for iPhone’) certification on its range of USB-C accessories, and seasoned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now reports that these Apple-produced chargers will indeed enable faster charging speeds for the iPhone 15 and its siblings.

That sounds like good news, but since Apple no longer includes chargers in the box with iPhone purchases, you’ll almost certainly have to fork out extra cash for one of the company’s proprietary charging accessories if you want to get the most from your iPhone 15. 

To be clear: if claims regarding Apple’s MFi certification prove accurate you’ll still be able to use third-party USB-C chargers to power your iPhone 15, but these accessories won’t work their magic quite as quickly as a comparable chargers bought directly from Apple.

Currently, Apple sells two USB-C chargers: a 20W model for $19 / £19 / AU$29, and a 35W dual-port model for $59 / £69 / AU$89. It’s not yet clear whether these existing accessories will offer optimum iPhone 15 charging speeds, but since Apple reportedly expects shipments of the former to increase by 120% with the launch of the iPhone 15 (per Kuo), there’s a good chance that they will. 

That said, we’d also expect to see a handful of new iPhone-specific USB-C charging accessories launched alongside the new phones. 

An Apple iPad Pro 11 (2021) from the front, in someone's hand

Apple began using USB-C with the iPad Pro 11 (2018) (Image credit: Future)

As always, it’s worth taking these USB-C rumors with a pinch of salt. After all, there’s reason to doubt that Apple will implement any form of charging restrictions given that the company’s existing USB-C ports – which have been around since the iPad Pro 11 (2018) – have no such limitations (or optimizations, depending on your perspective). 

In terms of what else we expect to see introduced with the iPhone 15 line, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are rumored to inherit a handful of high-end features from the iPhone 14 Pro – including its Dynamic Island and high-res 48MP camera – though the latter’s ProMotion technology and always-on display functionality are unlikely to make it to those handsets

We’ll be keeping abreast of all the latest iPhone 15 news, rumors and leaks as and when they surface, so stay tuned to TechRadar for the most up-to-date info on what's likely to be 2023’s hottest smartphone launch. 

Axel Metz
Senior Staff Writer

Axel is a London-based Senior Staff Writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest movies as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.