However, the reason I want the iPhone 15 to (finally) switch ports isn’t just because “USB-C is better than Lightning”, which is a fact. Really, Apple’s charging situation has been a bit of a mess for a long time now, and it’s time to talk about it all. iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods, and all things Apple that can take a charge. Slow charging on modern iPhones, including iPhone 13 Pro and possibly iPhone 14 Aha. – iPhone 15 might remove Lightning port but Apple has bigger charging problems.
On the technical part, this is extremely slow, especially when compared to modern Android flagships from OnePlus, Xiaomi, and even Samsung, which support 45-120W charging speeds, and charge fully in 15-30 minutes, or about an hour in Samsung’s case. Then, on the practical side of things, as someone who’s been using a fast-charging device for over two years (Huawei P30 Pro), I can tell you that it can be a day-saver, if not a life-saver. So, the question remains: Why does my 2019 Huawei phone charge twice as fast as an iPhone 13 Pro Max, which features roughly the same size battery? Apple? Anyone?
As the EU nears the implementation of a new rule that will oblige phone manufacturers (among others) to remove all proprietary charging connections from their devices and transition to USB-C (the connector considered as the gold standard for charging and data transmission), all eyes are on Cupertino… It should come as no surprise that the European Union’s legislation is largely intended at the industry’s dominant player, Apple. And, while I’ll save the moral of the tale for another day (should government regulation directly meddle with corporate design decisions), I’ll acknowledge that I support this change (which is still in the works).
Before we get to the bigger talking points, I can’t cut Apple any slack, which is why I’ll address the biggest elephant in the room, which admittedly isn’t the most problematic elephant. iPhones charging is slow. Here are the charging speeds of Apple’s top flagship, iPhone 13 Pro Max: Of course, the most common charger amongst all users will be Apple’s standard 20W charger, which as you can see, can top up the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 4352 mAh battery in two hours (give or take).