iPhone 15 series may require a dedicated charging cable, Apple adds 3LD3 special chip restrictions

Apple is poised to unveil its new generation iPhone 15 series this autumn, as the final preparations are underway. One of the most significant modifications in these forthcoming models is the integration of the USB-C port, bidding adieu to the long-standing Lightning connector. This adjustment aligns with the recent regulatory mandates for device sales in regions like the European Union.

While many consumers anticipate that this transition will usher in convenience, there are apprehensions rooted in Apple’s historical tendencies towards proprietary technology. Recent whispers in the tech community suggest that users of the iPhone 15 series might still need to procure an official USB-C cable. This particular cable is rumored to incorporate a distinct “3LD3” chip that pairs with iOS, potentially constraining the use of third-party charging accessories.

In line with the European Union’s stipulations, all USB-C cables should ideally be compatible with Apple’s devices. However, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility for Apple to market these USB-C cables differently across regions or introduce other stipulations. With Apple yet to unveil the specifics of the “3LD3” chip, speculations are rife, suggesting it might be a safeguard, potentially geared towards encrypted transmission to bolster data security. Prevailing reports indicate that the USB-C cables tailored for the iPhone 15 series have entered mass production, orchestrated by Foxconn.

Historically, when users attempted to charge their iPhones using certain non-certified Lightning cables, they were often met with a “This accessory is not supported” notification. This was attributed to the need for a specific chip, authenticated through the MFi certification, to ensure the accessory met Apple’s stringent standards. Some industry insiders postulate that Apple might offset the potential revenue loss from the transition away from MFi certification by compelling users to invest in their bespoke USB-C cables.