01/05 update below. This post was originally published on April 29
Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will bring a party trick to the table this year: blazing-fast data speeds via their new USB-C ports. But now we not only know how fast it will be thanks to a new leak, but that it will do something no one expected.
“The port on the Pro will be Thunderbolt 3. I know there’s a lot of speculation in our community, but it’s TB3,” an anonymous insider reveals Analyst 941who leaked accurate data about Dynamic Island before the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro last year.
Thunderbolt 3 operates at up to 40 Gbps (Gigabits per second), which is equivalent to 5,000 megabytes per second (MB per second). By comparison, the lighting port on all current iPhones is limited to USB 2.0 speeds, which are 480Mbps, which is about 0.48Gbps / 60Mbps. It’s a stratospheric upgrade.
But the real surprise is that Analyst941 claims the new outlet will also produce for displays with up to 4K resolution. Obviously there will be special “features” in iOS 17 to take advantage of this, although the example given is, in their own words, a “place”:
For example, the new Cinematography feature that will allow Thunderbolt 4K live output to monitors while recording. Essentially, you’ll have the phone with all the camera controls, connected to a monitor showing live 4K camera footage without any controls; In 16:9.
Whether the new features could include outputting a game or movie to a standard screen or TV without Apple TV or AirPlay remains to be seen, but it opens the door to iPad Pro-style multi-screen support, which can connect to displays to expand their range. Workspace.
It’s Thunderbolt 3’s raw speed advantages that are most impressive, though. iPhone 15 Pro / Pro Max owners can potentially back up and restore their phones in minutes, and enthusiasts can quickly transfer huge files with ProRAW Photography and ProRES video create. It’s a drastic upgrade to the iPhone’s capabilities.
This is not the only change coming. Previously, leaks revealed a more curvilinear design, lightweight titanium chassis, periscope zoom camera, and possible price hikes. But it’s the inclusion of USB-C that could ultimately have the biggest impact — even if Apple is forced to do so.
Update 05/01: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has leaked more details about Apple’s plans for iPhones and iPads via his phone employment newsletter, and they focus on artificial intelligence. According to Gorman, Apple is working on an AI-driven virtual trainer, codenamed Quartz, which will be integrated into iPhones and Apple Watch devices and launched next year.
Gurman says that Quartz “will essentially be a coach built into your iPhone and Apple Watch. It will use artificial intelligence and data from your devices to build personalized health plans.”
This is an important play from Apple. The company has been criticized for its slow development in its AI assistant, Siri, which launched in 2011. Moreover, the news comes just weeks after special report Allegedly, Apple’s AI ambitions are severely hampered by caution and high-profile turf wars.
Needless to say, an AI trainer in isolation isn’t going to fix this, but at a time when AI-based chatbots, led by ChatGPT, are exploding in popularity, Apple needs to show this in the game. Well, that would be a step in the right direction.
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