With the iPhone 15 models now featuring a USB-C port instead of the traditional Lightning port, charging your AirPods or Apple Watch directly from your iPhone has become a possibility.
To accomplish this, you'll need the right kind of cable, like a USB-C to USB-C for the newly released AirPods Pro 2 with a USB-C charging case, or a USB-C compatible charging puck for your Apple Watch. This is a convenient feature that was not possible with the older Lightning ports.
This new charging ability was a key point in Apple's iPhone 15 Pro launch. While Mac users have been accustomed to charging their AirPods and Apple Watch through their USB-C laptops, the notion of using an iPhone as a charging station is still pretty novel.
So, if you find your AirPods or Apple Watch running low on battery and there's no charger in sight, your iPhone 15 can serve as an emergency power bank. It's a practical alternative to lugging around a separate battery pack.
Moreover, the shift to USB-C offers additional benefits, such as universal cable compatibility across Macs, iPads, iPhones, and other USB-C gadgets. Specifically, iPhone 15 Pro models support rapid USB 3 transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s—provided you use the compatible cable. However, it's worth noting that the basic iPhone 15 models are restricted to USB 2 speeds, similar to their Lightning port predecessors.
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