Last Updated: September 28, 2023, 08:00 IST
Ever since Apple launched the iPhone 15 series with a USB C charging port, people have been intrigued to know if the new iPhones can be charged using your existing USB C cable. Some videos went viral that claimed using an Android USB C cable to charge the iPhone 15 would damage the device.
But here’s the thing, all USB C cables have one thing in common, no matter what pins they support. All these USB-C cables can charge any device, including the new iPhone 15 series models. We agree that the technology is diverse and you don’t have a fixed standard for USB-C, but that doesn’t mean the other cables are not compatible.
We can say this with utmost confidence after using third-party USB-C cables on the iPad Air/iPad Pro and the MacBook, these cables are not going to be an issue for charging the iPhone 15 models. So, if the other Apple USB-C devices are happily working through third-party cables, then the iPhones should have no issues.
The concerns with respect to Apple are understandable. Over the years, we have seen Apple limiting the compatibility of lightning cables to those that are Made of iPhone (MFi) certified. And people assumed that Apple would have a similar strategy in place for the USB-C port as well but that’s not the case.
After all, the whole point of Apple moving to a USB-C port was to standardise the charging cable and allow people to use their existing Android USB-C charging cable. You could say that Apple has set a different use case for the USB C port on the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro models, as you get USB C 2.0 and USB C 3.2 standards, respectively.
The charging speeds of the iPhone 15 series have not changed, even after adopting the USB-C standard. You get up to 27W wired charging speed which is way below the industry benchmark with Android phones these days. Using the Android phone’s USB cable isn’t going to change that either as you will only get the speeds that Apple has supported on the new iPhones.