Apple’s new USB-C iPhone cables and dongles are really expensive just as predicted. Fortunately for us, the ecosystem of the USB-C is already thriving and surviving. And unfortunately, you are probably going to be needing a dongle or three for the time being.
Apple’s New USB-C iPhone Cables and Dongles
Apple just recently made the lightning cables of a whole lot of people suddenly redundant simply by introducing the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max devices. For smartphones, and not a single lightning port in sight, as Apple is going all in on USB-C.
To make the transition very much easy, Apple is now selling a whole lot of predictably expensive new cables and dongles. Kicking things off with the one that you are almost certainly going to need to acquire, which is the USB-C to Lightning Adapter. This is a $29.99 dongle into which you get to plug your Lightning device or cable and then plug the dongle directly into your new phone.
Apple’s USB-C Cable Price and Range
If it is that you are ready to live the USB-C life completely, you can purchase the one-meter charging cable from Apple, which is at the moment $19 and will reportedly charge at up to 60 watts. Or, for the price of $29, you can get a two-meter cable that provides support for up to 240 watts of charging power. Both in question transfer data at USB 2 speeds and should therefore be sufficient for most of your day-to-day needs.
However, if it is that you want to live the “one cable for everything” life, then you should go with the longer and more powerful one, even if it is that 240 watts is several multiples more charging power than any of the devices you just may own as even the high-end MacBook Pro on the other hand only comes with a 140-watt charger.
But if it is that you want to really get the best out of your new iPhone, especially in the event that you are buying a 15 Pro or Pro Max, you will be needing the $69 Thunderbolt 4 Pro Cable. This one is a meter long, and it also supports data transfer up to 40Gbps, which is about 20x as fast as USB 2. The cable in question also supports fast charging, but however only up to 100 watts.
Apple’s Statement with the USB-C Cable
Mainly, the thing you have to understand here is that “USB-C” actually simply means a thousand different things, and also that the cable you want depends on everything ranging from your specific device. Apple may just have made a really big statement regarding charging all your devices with the same cable, but also getting the best from all your devices will not be that easy just yet.
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