Lightning port on iPhone 13 too slow for video transmission?

The fact that Apple sticks to the Lightning port on the iPhone 13 has a decisive disadvantage.

It became apparent shortly after the keynote on September 14 that Apple said nothing about points where nothing changed. atechbook was struck by the concealment of the processor in the Apple Watch Series 7 and the charging port in the iPhones. Both are at the level of the previous generation and only after the fact on the homepage. Why opting for a Lightning port on the iPhone 13 instead of a USB-C port can be a problem for users is revealed by atechbook.

Lightning port only as fast as USB 2.0

Apple’s Lightning connector has been around since 2012, when the technology made its debut in the iPhone 5 and iPad 4, among others. Apple did not provide any information about the exact transfer speeds then or now. However, the latest measurements of our colleagues from Macwelt showed 480 Mbps. That corresponds to a throughput of 60 megabytes per second (MB/s).

USB-C describes the shape of the port. Numbers indicate the speeds behind it. In 2011, USB 3.0 already reached 5 Gbit/s, and in 2013, the updated USB 3.1 (Gen. 2) standard reached a whole 10 Gbit/s, i.e. up to 1.2 gigabytes per second (GB/s). Most of the current USB-C ports are also at this value. How fast they transfer in reality depends on the storage medium. iPhones could theoretically transfer the data much faster than the Lightning cable allows.

New video standard reveals the problem

The problem with this is simply explained. The storage hunger of smartphones is getting bigger and bigger. This is also due to ever better photos and videos. iPhone 13 Pro models with 256 GB or more of storage will be able to film in ProRes 4K/30 fps in the future. Apple’s RAW format is better suited for editing because Final Cut Pro can handle it without conversion. However, this inflates the size of the videos on the iPhone many times over.

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Apple thus takes quality to the next level. The possibilities for transferring files are more diverse than before. Nevertheless, all solutions – including wired ones – should be adapted consistently. However, Apple missed exactly that by not switching to USB-C. This can be a nuisance for users.

You can read why Apple is sticking to the Lightning port under certain circumstances in our text:

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  • Macwelt
  • Heise
  • Apple website