Apple may add its own custom authentication chip to the USB-C port on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, according to a new report.
Apple is set to switch from Lightning to USB-C with the release of the iPhone 15 lineup, and a new report claims the company already has a chip that will allow the device to authenticate legitimate charging cables.
Apple already does something similar with Lightning and the MFI program — a program that allows it to charge licensing fees for chips that need to be in cables to function properly.
MacRumors A Weibo source claims that the integrated circuit (circuit) required for authentication is already part of Apple’s plans.
Integrated circuit (IC) interfaces are semiconductor chips used to share information between devices. Since their introduction in 2012, first-party and MFi-certified Lightning ports and connectors have included a small IC that ensures the authenticity of the parts involved in the connection. Non-MFi-certified third-party charging cables, for example, do not feature this chip, often leading to “This accessory is not supported” warnings on connected Apple devices.
Apple already sells USB-C devices, of course, but none of them have this chip inside. It’s possible that future hardware will follow the iPhone and include it, but it remains to be seen whether standard USB-C cables will work as well – even with a reduced capacity.
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