We’re about three weeks off from the release of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro. On launch day, I shared some of my initial thoughts, focusing on the design and form aspect of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
One thing I’ve been keeping an eye on is the lifestyle impact of the iPhone 15’s USB-C changeover.
I wrote last week about the difficulty in obtaining iPhone 15 covers with cuts large enough to accommodate some of the bulkier USB-C connections on the market. This is still something to consider, but for the sake of this tale, I’ll set it aside.
If I had to sum up my feelings on the iPhone 15’s USB-C transition in one word, it would be “glorious.” It’s been a dream come true to be able to charge my iPhone using the same wire as my iPad, Mac, and Nintendo Switch.
I’m quite aware that my collection of USB-C cables and goods does not necessarily represent the overall market. I’ve been amassing my USB-C collection since the 12-inch MacBook debuted in 2015, but not everyone is in the same boat.
The general population has shown remarkably little opposition to USB-C. In fact, the reaction appears to be mostly good. My sister was pleased with the upgrading from an iPhone 13 to an iPhone 15 this year. She informed me that she usually charges her iPhone with MagSafe, but she was relieved to learn that she can now charge both her iPhone and iPad with the same cable.
However, the shift has not been without flaws. My complaints about the iPhone 15’s USB-C switch aren’t about the phone itself, but about additional devices that Apple doesn’t yet provide with USB-C.
The AirPods Max are the most problematic in this sense. They still require Lightning to charge and do not support any form of wireless charging. This means I won’t be able to entirely eliminate Lightning wires from my life just soon.
I don’t charge my AirPods Max every day, but I do need to charge them three times a week. I listen to music and podcasts on them every day, as well as record 9to5Mac Daily and 9to5Mac Happy Hour every week. I purchased AirPods Max on launch day in December 2020, thus the battery life is obviously dwindling as we near the three-year milestone.
I’m interested to see what the future holds for the AirPods Max. The rumor mill has been rather quiet on this, but it’s becoming increasingly ridiculous that Apple continues to offer the original device at its full retail price of $549. Consider spending $549 for a set of headphones that use the defunct Lightning connection and do not support the most recent AirPods capabilities.
I’m also looking forward to Mac USB-C versions of the Magic Trackpad and Magic Keyboard. These don’t need to be charged as frequently as AirPods Max, so it’s not as much of a hassle.
Then there’s the AirPods Pro situation. I’m still disappointed that Apple doesn’t sell a USB-C version of the AirPods Pro charging case. Although I recognize that there are certain hardware differences between the new USB-C version of AirPods Pro 2 and the old Lightning version, I believe Apple should create a separate case.
However, I was just informed that AirPods Pro 2 may be charged via the Apple Watch’s magnetic puck. This is a convenient technique to avoid using a Lightning cord. They may, of course, be charged using any Qi charger.
Overall, life has been fantastic with an iPhone 15 that charges through USB-C. It’s one of the nicest features of the iPhone 15 series, even if Apple had to make the transition kicking and screaming in reaction to European Union law.
I sincerely hope Apple begins to address these self-inflicted problems. As previously said, I am hoping for the release of AirPods Max with USB-C as soon as possible. That is by far the most difficult problem right now.