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The Apple Ecosystem: What Apple Devices Use USB-C?

The Apple Ecosystem: What Apple Devices Use USB-C?

Exploring the transition from conventional ports to more efficient technology, this article primarily focuses on "What Apple devices use USB-C". Readers will gain insight into a range of Apple devices compatible with USB-C charging, understand the substantial benefits of USB-C over Lightning, and discover some of Anker's highly recommended USB-C accessories. An era of prolific advancements, such as USB-C technology, has begun to define the future of Apple's devices, aiming for more power, faster data transfer, and universal application.


Apple Devices That Support USB-C Charging

USB-C is undeniably the universal charging and data transfer standard. Its compatibility with various devices offers flexibility and convenience, especially in Apple's ecosystem. But what Apple product uses USB-C? Let's find out!

MacBook Series

To start with "What Apple products use USB-C?", we have first the laptops from Apple. All MacBooks since 2015 have transitioned from traditional USB ports to USB-C ports. This change allows for more versatile use, as these ports can transmit power, data, and video streams. You can charge your MacBook with either a USB-C power adapter that Apple provides or third-party adapters that meet the USB-C standards, including the USB Power Delivery standard.

iPad Series

Specifically, the iPad Pro models released from 2018 onwards and the 4th generation iPad Air employ USB-C ports. This offers a faster charging capability and broad compatibility with various devices and accessories, including external displays and DSLR cameras.

Apple Pro Display XDR

As a peak performance monitor designed for Mac Pro, Apple's Pro Display XDR also utilizes the convenience of a USB-C port. It can be connected using a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable, allowing for transfer and charging capabilities.

AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

The AirPods Pro can be charged using a USB-C cable. The second-generation AirPods Pro come with a wireless charging case that can be conveniently charged using the USB-C port, providing fast and convenient charging.

iPhone 15

The iPhone 15 models have moved from the proprietary Lightning port to a USB-C port. This change allows users to charge their iPhones with a USB-C compliant cable and power adapter. These models can also connect with other devices, such as iPads, Macs, and the second-generation AirPods Pro, for data transfer and charging. Moreover, the iPhone 15 can charge other devices like AirPods and Apple Watch with its USB-C port up to 4.5 watts.

The USB-C connector on the iPhone 15 can also be used for various other functions, such as playing audio, connecting to external displays, charging other devices, and even recording ProRes video directly to an external storage device.

What are the advantages of USB-C over Lightning?

Although Lightning had been a reliable standard for Apple for many years, the shift towards USB-C is underway due to several advantages:

  1. Versatility:USB-C ports can transfer data, send video signals to monitors, and charge devices, all simultaneously. This is especially handy for Apple professionals and creatives, who often need to interface with many disparate pieces of hardware at once.
  2. Speed:With USB 3.1, USB-C can transfer data of up to 10 Gbps, which is faster than Lightning's maximum of 480 Mbps.
  3. Power Delivery:USB-C supports much higher wattages than Lightning. This means devices can be charged more quickly, and larger devices can be powered that previously could not be with Lightning.
  4. Universal Standard:USB-C is essentially a universal standard used by all types of devices—android smartphones, laptops, and tablets from multiple manufacturers—making it more convenient for users. You don't need to carry different cables for different devices.
  5. Future Proof:Given its versatility, speed, and power, USB-C is being widely adopted in the tech industry and looks to be the connection standard for the foreseeable future, making any investment in USB-C devices or cables more likely to pay off in longevity.
  6. Bi-Directional:Unlike Lightning cords, USB-C cords are bi-directional. This means the cord can send and receive power, which allows your devices to not only charge with a USB-C cord but to potentially charge other devices as well.

Recommended USB-C Accessories from Anker

At Anker, we pride ourselves on providing premium USB-C accessories designed to enhance your device experience. Here are a couple of standout offerings from our extensive range:

Anker 765 USB-C to USB-C Cable (140W Nylon)

Experience reliable and efficient charging with our Anker 765 USB-C to USB-C Cable (140W Nylon). Its top-tier 140W output caters to many devices, ensuring rapid power delivery. Boasting a 35,000-bend lifespan, this robust cable can seamlessly accommodate daily wear and tear across various USB-C devices.


Anker Prime 100W GaN Wall Charger (3 Ports)

For those in search of top-notch USB-C chargers, our Anker Prime 100W GaN Wall Charger (3 Ports) stands out. Equipped with 2 USB-C and 1 USB-A ports, it offers the flexibility of charging multiple devices simultaneously. Whether you're utilizing both USB-C ports or combining them with the USB-A port, it consistently delivers a maximum 100W output. And though powerful, its design is compact - in fact, it's 43% smaller than the original MacBook 96W charger. To top it off, our ActiveShield™ 2.0 safety system ensures each charging session is not only fast but safe as well.


Anker 778 Thunderbolt Docking Station (12-in-1, Thunderbolt 4)

Our Anker 778 Thunderbolt Docking Station (12-in-1, Thunderbolt 4) stands as a testament to cutting-edge connectivity. Equipped with Thunderbolt 4, two USB-C, and four USB-A ports, we've ensured you get ample expansion options. Additionally, the Ethernet port, an 8K HDMI 2.1 port, and two DisplayPorts are present to cater to diverse display and networking needs. Not only does it support an 8K single monitor display, but it also offers high-speed transfers of up to 40 Gbps and a charging capacity that peaks at 100W.


Anker 655 USB-C Hub (8-in-1)

Our Anker 655 USB-C Hub (8-in-1) seamlessly marries aesthetics with functionality. Its standout faux leather exterior paired with a braided nylon cable is designed to elevate any workspace's appearance. On the technical front, this hub is designed to impress. It facilitates rapid file transfers at up to 10 Gbps via its USB-A data ports. Moreover, it supports up to 4K@60Hz display output, and with its 100W USB-C PD input, Ethernet port, and microSD/SD card slots, we've ensured that it's more than just a pretty face. Please be aware that the maximum resolution might vary depending on your laptop's DP port version.



In the ever-evolving tech world, it's clear that USB-C has carved a significant niche, especially when we consider what Apple devices use USB-C. From the MacBook and iPad series to the Apple Pro Display XDR, AirPods Pro (2nd generation), and the groundbreaking iPhone 15, Apple's adoption of USB-C is evident. The shift from Lightning to USB-C not only streamlines device compatibility but also ushers in faster charging and data transfer speeds.

At Anker, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve and offering premium USB-C accessories tailored for these Apple devices. As technology continues to move forward, it's essential to have the right tools and accessories to make the most of your devices, and we're here to ensure you're always equipped for the future.

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